Qualities of a Stephen Minister
ARE COMMITTED CHRISTIANS WHO...
Express God’s love through their lives to others;
Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts;
Have developed his/her gifts in order to extend a supporting hand;
Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care;
Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship;
Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service;
WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED...
There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister! The needs include, but are not limited to:
Those hospitalized; grieving a death or serious loss; with a job crisis; facing life transitions; separated or divorced; with disabilities and their families; life is overwhelming; relationships suffering; adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move; needing someone in your life that really cares?
WAYS THEY CAN HELP...
Illness; Family frustrations and challenges; Loneliness; Chronic illness; Families of the chronically ill; Loss of a loved one; Separation or divorce; Being shut-in; Having a newborn; Low self-esteem; Terminal illness; Loss of a job; Financial setbacks; Struggling with faith in God; Aging; Facing life changes; Retirement; Miscarriage and Infertility
HOW DO I BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?
Complete an application (available here in PDF format). Turn the application in to the Adult Ministry Office or to a Stephen Leader.