Stephen Ministers are committed Christian men and women who…
- Express God’s care through their lives to others.
- Congregation members who have received 50 hours of training by Stephen Leaders to provide high quality Christian care.
- Meet with their assigned care receiver regularly (on average 1 hour per week) to offer spiritual support and care.
- Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders.
- Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship.
- Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.
“Stephen Ministers are the CARE-givers…God is the Cure-giver.”
A Stephen Minister is NOT…..
- A counselor or therapist
- A problem solver
- An occasional visitor
What is a care receiver?
Care Receivers are members of our congregation or our community who are struggling through a difficult time in life and who receive care from a Stephen Minister.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential
- Men are matched with men; women with women.