The first class of twelve Stephen Ministers was Commissioned in 2015. Since then, we have engaged in actively ministering to individuals in need of care.
Stephen Ministry is one-on-one Christian caregiving. This is the primary function of a Stephen Minister and is the focus of their fifty (50) hours of training. Normally, when a Stephen Minister accepts the assignment of providing care for an individual, referred to as care receiver, the two meet one hour each week at a time convenient to both. The length of this caregiving relationship is determined by the two involved. This care is not limited to members of this congregation.
A Stephen Minister is not a therapist, but someone who listens, discusses spiritual matters, and prays with their care receiver. This care is confidential.
In addition to this primary role Stephen Ministers also:
- Visit members in hospitals.
- Pray with members who have private prayer requests at prayer stations, during distribution of Holy Communion the second Sunday of each month.
- Commune with shut-in members once a month.
- Support grieving members by sending copies of Journeying Through Grief booklets, four in number, during the first year following a primary death.
- Continue their education at monthly meetings.
- Engage in peer supervision twice each month.
Anyone interested in participating in this ministry, either as a care giver or as a care receiver, may contact the Stephen Leaders by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of our Stephen Leaders, or Pastor Jeffrey Ingold will respond promptly.