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Stephen Ministry

Stephen MinistryStephen Ministry is a program to recruit and train members of our congregation to provide one-on-one care to hurting people in and around our congregation.

Who are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are members of our church who are recruited, trained, and supervised to provide care giving on behalf of our congregation. They receive more than 50 hours of initial training followed by twice-monthly continuing education and supervision sessions.

Stephen Ministers are trained to provide care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenge such as medical problems, divorce, grief, loss of a job, hospitalization, relocation, or loneliness. Stephen Ministers are assigned a care receiver and meet with that care receiver for about an hour each week. This caring relationship will last as long as the care receiver needs it. Stephen Ministers do not charge for their services.The Stephen Minster does not offer solutions to problems; they listen, care, pray, and help the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.

If you would like more information on how to become a Stephen Minister or receive care from one, contact Associate Pastor Betty Berghaus.

Are Stephen Ministers counselors?

Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are trained caregivers. Their role is to listen and care – not to give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers are trained to recognize if a care receiver’s needs exceed what they can provide. If that occurs, your Stephen Minister will help you contact the appropriate healthcare professional.

How do I receive a Stephen Minister?

When you contact Betty, she will explain more about Stephen Ministry and help you decide if Stephen Ministry is the kind of care you need. If so, she will match you with an available Stephen Minister. The selected Stephen Minister will contact you and arrange to meet. All your meetings with your Stephen Minister are strictly confidential.