Want to join Stephen Ministry?
Who can be a Stephen Minister?
People like YOU! Okay, admit it. Stephen Ministry has crossed your mind a few times. You might even have picked up a brochure or talked with a minister about it. But now you want to take a closer look at the idea of becoming a Stephen Minister. You're wondering: Is this right for me? Following are some guidelines that might help you in your decision making. Stephen Minsters find that because of their participation in Stephen Ministry, their relationships become richer and deeper at home, church, work, and with friends. A Stephen Minister shows compassion and gives encouragement, and intercedes for their care receivers. Many Stephen Ministers say that they receive much more from the caring relationship with their care receiver than they give.
A Stephen Minister is called to provide Christ-centered care for a care receiver and receives support, encouragement, and guidance from fellow Stephen Ministers. A Stephen Minister devotes time (serving a minimum of 2 years), energy, and resources to this ministry. He or she serves wholeheartedly. This isn't a casual ministry. It involves prayer, thought, consideration, and study. In return, a Stephen Minister participates in meaningful ministry, makes a difference in another person's life, and grows in their own personal faith.
A Stephen Minister completes 50 hours of training (weekly for 2-3 hours in length, typically starting in the fall) before ever meeting with a care receiver. He or she learns about listening, assertiveness, confidentiality, and other aspects of caregiving. After completing the initial training, there are Stephen Ministry meetings 2 evenings a month (2nd and 4th Thursdays). SM's also benefit from the Continuing education during the bi-monthly meetings on topics related to our care-giving skills.