Stephen Ministry

Who is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation who has been trained to provide distinctively Christian care for members of the congregation and the community. A Stephen Minister is not a counselor or a therapist or someone who is there to solve your problems.  Stephen Ministers are there to be with you one-on-one on a weekly basis--to listen, to care,and to encourage, pray and walk alongside you during difficult times. All Stephen Ministry caring is on a strictly confidential basis. Stephen Ministers are committed to living out the apostle Paul's command in Galatians 6:2...Bear one another's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
What does a Stephen Minister Do?
Stephen Ministers are The After People...They are ready to come alongside you---or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives...and provide comfort and support for as long "after" as they are needed:
  • after you've washed and returned the last casserole dish
  • after divorce papers have been served and the bottom falls out of your life
  • after you arrive home from the funeral services and the emotions you've held at bay come crashing in on you
  • after the doctors have said, "There's nothing more we can do"
  • after you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck
  • after the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed possible
  • after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out
How can I Meet with a Stephen Minister?
If you or someone you know could possibly benefit by meeting with a Stephen Minister, contact pastor Dinah Shelly  via email.  She will speak with you and refer you to a Stephen Minister Leader.  Stephen Ministers are available on Sunday after each church service in the sanctuary if you would like to learn more about the ministry.
I'd like to become a Stephen Minister
If you have the gift of caring and helping others, please contact pastor Dinah Shelly. You will be asked to complete an application, be interviewed, attend the fifty (50) hours of training, commit to serving for at least two(2) years of service and to participate in bi-monthly continuing education and supervision. You will learn life skills that will enable you to not only help those in need, but to use in your personal life.
The Stephen Ministry team meets in room W100 at 6:30 on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  You are invited to come to join us and learn more about Stephen Ministry.
How are Stephen Ministers Trained?
All Stephen Ministers received fifty (50) hours of training covering subjects and skills such as listening, confidentiality, depression, death and dying, divorce, hospitalization, suicide, and community resources.
Stephen Ministers also attend meetings two times a month for continuing education and supervision.