What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry equips Christians to provide confidential, one-to-one care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
A Stephen Minister is…
- A friend who walks alongside a person who is experiencing emotional pain
- A congregation member with gifts for care giving who was prayerfully selected to serve in this role
- A lay person who has received 50+ hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
- A caregiver who receives on going training and continuing education throughout their Stephen Ministry commitment
- 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.
A Stephen Minister is not…
- a professional counselor
- a problem solver
- a casual visitor
Stephen Ministries 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
- Hospitalization or in a care facility
- Separation or Divorce
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual crisis
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
- Unemployment or job loss
- A terminal illness or chronic illness
- Relational issues
- Caretaker of ill or disabled persons
- Adjusting to big life changes
- And many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
How to connect with a Stephen Minister
Stephen Ministers are available to meet with people who attend Council Tree Covenant Church, as well as those in the local community. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from this ministry, contact the church office and we will begin the process of connecting you with a minister. Stephen Ministers are not trained to provide counseling; however, the Stephen Leader team is available to provide consultation and/or referral information to professional counselors, depending on the need.
How to serve as a Stephen Minister
If you have an interest in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact the church office and they will get you in contact with a Stephen Leader. There is an application and interview process.
For more information about Stephen Ministries click here for their website.