If you are looking for a way to bring Christ's love to those who are hurting, prayerfully consider applying to become a member of the next Stephen Ministry training class.
Stephen Ministry consists of trained members of our congregation who are committed to providing one-to-one care to people in need (e.g. loneliness, separation/divorce, illness or hospitalization, grief or other crisis situations).
Stephen Ministers establish confidential caring relationships with care receivers. On average, they spend 10-12 hours per month on weekly visits and bi-weekly Stephen Ministry meetings.
Alene Harrington: "Stephen Ministry has broadened my understanding of people and has helped me to try and think before I judge others who have different ways than myself. Getting to know the people I've had the privilege of spending time with as a listener has blessed me far more than I feel they have been blessed. For that I am thankful."
Tom Dilts: "I have seen first hand the power of prayer and God's amazing healing of heart and spirit. I have also been privileged to witness the amazing faith and strength of the men with whom I have walked. The truth is that I have been blessed by my care receivers, my fellow Stephen Ministers, and by God, far beyond anything that I have been able to give or do."
Training starts on a Sunday, and concludes with a retreat on a Saturday. A total of 50 hours of training include additional dates for supervision and continuing education.
The next Stephen Ministry training class will will begin in January 2014.
Q: How much money will this training cost?
All training materials are provided. You are not expected to spend any money on the care receiver.
Q: Who are the care receivers?
Members of our congregation and people from the community who are experiencing difficult times and have asked for support. They may have lost a job or a loved one. They could be having difficulty with a relationship. They may be experiencing a short-term illness or living with a chronic or terminal illness. No problem is too semingly insignificant or too large to ask for help.
Q: Will the care receiver really want my care?
Yes. A pastor or Stephen Leader will meet first with the care receiver to explain Stephen Ministry and verify that he/she wishes to receive care from a Stephen Minister.
Contact Barbara Barkley at 908-766-2249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.