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What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Since 1975, more than 650,000 people from more than 12,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.

Our Stephen Ministers are here to care for you!

 

Stephen Ministry is YOUR  ministry

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

What Happens when you ask for help from a stephen minister?

When you ask for help from a Stephen Minister, the Stephen Leader will contact you to talk more about Stephen Ministry and what it can mean to you. If your needs can be best served by a Stephen Minister, you will be matched with one of many Stephen Ministers here at SJCC who will support you through this tough time. These Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and help you sort through your feelings. They will meet with you individually on a weekly basis for at least an hour at a place convenient for you as long as needed.

Confidentiality is a top priority for Stephen Ministers. You do not need to be concerned that other people will discover what you talk about with your Stephen Minister. If you feel a need for someone to be there for you while you work through a difficult time such as divorce, unemployment, terminal illness, the death of a loved one, parenting a special- needs child, caring for a disabled spouse or parent, loneliness or any one of life’s countless challenges, contact the Stephen Leader, Laura Myers at 443-756-6153.

Our Stephen Ministers are here to care for you!

Stephen Minister Training

Everyone experiences difficulties in life—the loss of a loved one, spiritual crisis, sickness, imprisonment, disability, discouragement, divorce, rehabilitation, job loss and more. God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone, and our Stephen Ministers are here to listen, support and encourage through life’s trials.

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of caregiving training to minster to people experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge or simply going through a tough time.

Stephen Minister training is an engaging, energizing experience that includes a mixture of lecture, video, group discussion, skill practice, and spiritual growth activities.

“The Best 50 Hours of Training You’ll Ever Experience!”

Here’s why Stephen Ministers frequently say that about their training:

  • Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.
  • You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.
  • You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.
  • You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.
  • You feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community
  • Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact the Stephen Leader, Laura Myers at 443-756-6153.

For Further Information:  Stephen Ministries Home Page