“In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.” – from Stephenministries.org
In summary, Stephen Ministry at Holy Cross is…
- About caring. As Christians, we know that Christ has called the church family to care for one another in times of need.
- A One-on-One Ministry that matches our trained Stephen Ministers with a care receiver of the same gender. The core values of our Stephen Ministry include Confidentiality.
- Supported enthusiastically by Pastor Ron and the staff of our church family. In our history with Stephen Ministry, we have seen tremendous growth in the lives of people who have participated in this vital care giving ministry.
More specifically, what does a Stephen Minister do? A Stephen Minister listens, encourages, keeps confidence, prays, supports and walks beside a hurting person
Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who…
- Express God’s care through their lives to others
- Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care
- Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts
- Are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training
- Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders
- Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
Stephen Ministers are NOT counselors, therapists, problem solvers or casual visitors.
Who may need a Stephen Minister? People who are dealing with illness or hospitalization, chronic illness, an ill family member, family frustrations & challenges, moving transitions, loneliness, death or serious loss, divorce, pregnancy or adoption, disability, a disabled family member, terminal illness, self-esteem issues, job loss, financial setbacks, aging and elderly, faith issues, major changes in their lives, upcoming or recent graduation or other concerns.
When you or someone you know is in need of care, Stephen Ministry can help. If you want to go through training to become a Stephen Minister, or if you are going through a crisis and want to connect with a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Ron Bock.
For more information about Stephen Ministry, visit www.stephenministries.org