UPDATE ON SCHEDULED TRAINING
Stephen Ministry training was canceled due to lack of interest. There was only one person who confirmed interest in the training. Three people are needed (plus myself) to have an effective training for the type of work that is done in the training. Perhaps the dates/evenings were not convenient or something else prevailing that is holding us off for now. Something special that I know God has in store for this sacred ministry.
What I would like to share about the training is that it brings you along a journey of immense growth and discovery. The training helps you to learn about and then articulate your personal spiritual journey. The training also provides training for how to be a better listener and the training as to what to do when those we care about are going through challenging times in their lives.
If you decide to participate in the training and find that this ministry may not be for you, it’s okay. Because, I assure you that the skills and talents developed in this training will be of great benefit to you in your daily life; at home, at work and the community. So, once again, I ask you to seek God’s guidance and prayerfully consider participating in this training.
If you are interested contact the church by September 30th so we can explore and decide when the best time to hold the training. Also, if you are interested, consider what time/days would be the best time to hold the training. For example, I have considered training in blocks of time on Saturdays as an option to work through the training curriculum.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
How Stephen Ministry Works
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation. They—
build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community
recruit and train Stephen Ministers
meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs
match care receivers with Stephen Ministers
provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.