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Stephen Ministry -  Our congregation commissioned our first Stephen Ministers after 50 hours of training by our Stephen Leaders. Since that first commissioning we have added to our numbers members who are committed to serving our neighbors with a laity-led caring and confidential ministry.

Caring for people in need or crisis is at the heart of a congregation’s ministry. Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide one-on-one Christian care

 
Who needs a Stephen Minister? People who are hospitalized. Those who are grieving or suffering loneliness or discouragement. The divorced or separated. Those who are dying—and their families and friends. Unemployed persons. People who are homebound or institutionalized. Those dealing with moving and the losses and challenges of relocating. Parents grappling with loss when children leave home. Those convalescing or rehabilitating. New parents. Single parents. Victims of natural or human-caused disasters. Those in a spiritual crisis.
 
Stephen Ministers are not professionals. If professional help is needed, Stephen Ministers are trained to become aware of this and make referrals. You will be matched up with a Stephen Minister of the same sex, and you must be over 21. All conversations are completely confidential. No one will even know you are seeing a Stephen Minister unless you let others know. The length of the regular visits will continue as long as you want it, usually for several months, but may be shorter or longer durations.
 
What does a Stephen Minister do? Listen ~ Explore feelings ~ Pray ~ Share Christ’s love ~ Maintain confidentiality ~ Attend to the caregiving process and leave the results to God.
 
If you would like to learn more about this ministry, or if you think you might like to have a Stephen Minister visit with you, please contact one of the pastors .