Stephen Ministry

 Stephen Ministry at First Christian Church

 

More than a million people have been cared for by a Stephen Minister since 1975.

·         Stephen Ministry began in 1975.

·         The Stephen Series is now in more than 11,000 congregations from more than 150 Christian denominations, in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries.

·         More than 60,000 pastors, church staff, and laypersons have been trained as Stephen Leaders (those who oversee and direct Stephen Ministry in the congregation) at a Stephen Series Leader's Training Course.

·         More than 500,000 people have trained as Stephen Ministers in their congregations.

·         More than a million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions of others have received care from Stephen Ministers in informal ways.

·         First Christian Church began an active Stephen Ministry in 2002 and 37 Stephen Ministers have received training.  Men and women care receivers have ranged in age from 23 to 90 years old.

 

·         Who is a Stephen Minister?
A congregation member who is recruited, selected, trained, commissioned, and supervised by Stephen Leaders to provide one-to-one Christian care to persons in need on behalf of the congregation. Stephen Ministers typically are assigned one care receiver at a time and meet with that person for about one hour each week. Stephen Ministers usually serve for two years, which includes an initial 50 hours of training followed by twice-monthly supervision and continuing education sessions.

 

 

·         Who is Care Receiver?
A person experiencing a life crisis or challenge who receives the caring ministry of a Stephen Minister. The needs of care receivers may include divorce, loss of a loved one, hospitalization, terminal illness, loneliness, relocation, unemployment, retirement, empty nest, and other life transitions.

 

·         Caregiver's Compass
A recurring element throughout the Stephen Ministry Training Manual that defines the character of a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers use the four points and center of the compass to guide their caring ministry and chart their continuing growth as caregivers who are compassionate, full of faith, skilled, trustworthy, and Christ-centered.

 

Needs for Care That Stephen Ministers Can Meet:

Those who are grieving the loss of a loved one _ People who are hospitalized _ Individuals who are terminally ill _ Close family members of those who are terminally ill _ People who are experiencing divorce (before, during, and after) _ Parents who have children leaving home for the military, college, marriage, or work in another geographical area _ New congregation or community members who are experiencing transition difficulties _ Inactive church members who are in need of care  _ Parents and families with children who have disabilities _ People convalescing at home or in an institution after an illness or injury _ People who are homebound or in a nursing care center _ Family members of someone who is homebound or in a nursing care center _ People with a chronic illness or a long-term disability _ Primary caregivers for those with a chronic illness or a long-term disability __ People facing birth-related issues such as infertility, adoption, an unwanted pregnancy, or the birth of a child _ People being treated for cancer _ People who have suffered a significant financial setback _ People who have lost their jobs _ People experiencing significant job-related stress _ Family members of deployed military personnel _ People in the process of moving out of town or downsizing to a smaller home _ People who are preparing to retire, who have recently retired, or who have been forced to retire early _ People affected by disasters (natural or human-caused) _ People experiencing spiritual crisis.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time or crisis, please contact our Stephen Ministry office:  355-6527 ext. 20 or a Stephen Leader:  John Connell, Bernice Williams or Kim Wilson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Ministry Leaders

(L to R)

John Connell, Kim Wilson, Bernice Williams