STEPHEN MINISTRY MEETINGS and BOOK STUDY
A book study will commence for anyone interested in learning more about caregiving. This book study is an excellent way for you to contemplate whether this would be an appropriate ministry for you to become involved in. The book study will be held on Monday evenings from 7-8 PM at Church on:
February: 13th & 27th
March:13th & 27th
April: 10th & 24th
May: 8th & 22nd
The book: The Quest of Quality Caring by Kenneth C. Haugk will be the book studied. Kenneth is one of the founders of the ministry. The church will provide the book. Please let Stacey know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating in the book study.
Stephen Minister Training, for those of you who are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, will be held in the fall of 2017.
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.