“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galations 6:2
“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other.” – I Thessalonians 5:11
“Love one another—as I have loved you.” – John 13:34
Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one caring ministry where caregivers, laymen and laywomen of the church are equipped to walk alongside someone in the midst of a painful experience. Jesus tells us to bear one another’s burdens. Stephen Ministry teaches the skills that enable participants to provide spiritual support and comfort to people in crisis. We learn to become skilled listeners and allow God to work through us to bring comfort and healing to His people. We become the eyes, ears, hands, and heart of Jesus as He, and only He, heals the broken soul. Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people.
Who does Stephen Ministry provide care for?
- Those grieving the loss of a loved one
- Terminally ill people and their families
- People who are homebound
- Victims of disasters
- The hospitalized
- The aging and elderly
- Those experiencing birth or adoption issues
- Those in job crisis
- Those facing major life transitions
- Those who are lonely or discouraged
- Those with chronic illness or disability
- Those who are separated or dealing with divorce
- Those dealing with drug issues in their families
Stephen Ministry can provide caring in a countless number of situations where a person is experiencing a crisis or difficult time and could benefit from ongoing, one-on-one Christian care.
Are you in a crisis or need help?
A Stephen Minister can walk alongside of you in your time of grief. Not just an hour, a day, or a month, but as long as it takes to provide you the support you need. Find spiritual help when you are facing a crisis. If you need a Stephen Minister or know someone who does, call Carl and Donna Herring at 520-314-8799 for a referral. You can also contact Carl and Donna Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
Who is eligible to become a Stephen Minister?
Stephen ministers are called by God to be used as instruments to reach broken souls. God often uses our own brokenness to bring another person into wholeness with him. This ministry is for those with gifts for caregiving who are willing to be trained and invest time in people’s lives. It is not a counseling ministry, and it is not for everyone. You won’t always see visible results, but you can have the confidence that God uses those who make themselves available to Him for His purposes. As you contemplate becoming a Stephen Minister, watch this personal story of a Family in Crisis and see how God used a Stephen Minister to help them in their time of need.
How can I apply to become a Stephen Minister?
There is an application process for Stephen Ministry. Fifty hours of training will be required of all participants. Training includes a set curriculum as well as a study of the scriptures. For more information or to begin the application process contact Carl and Donna Herring at email@example.com.