What is Stephen Ministry?
Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
- A Stephen Minister Is...
- A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
- A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
- A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
- A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages
- Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life - times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
- loss of a loved one
- divorce or separation
- loneliness or discouragement
- spiritual crisis
- unemployment or job crisis
- a terminal illness
- birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
- a chronic illness
- recovery after an accident or disaster
- and many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
How to I get a Stephen Minister?
Speak to one of our pastors, or call the church office about a Stephen Ministry referral. You may do this on your own behalf, or for a friend. Our Stephen Ministry leadership team will assign the Stephen Minister best suited to the care-receiver and the situation. Please be assured that all communications regarding Stephen Ministry will be kept in the strictest confidence. Church office 319 266 1713.
Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
- Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
- Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
- Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
- If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.