Stephen Ministries

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: stephenministry@doveandcross.org, and one of our Stephen Leaders, or Pastor Jeffrey Ingold will respond promptly.