WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM A STEPHEN MINISTRY RELATIONSHIP?
Suffering a major loss is devastating. It temporarily affects how people function in their daily lives. If you have suffered such a loss in the past six months or so and still feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities of everyday living, a Stephen Ministry relationship may be able to help.
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in helping people through their loss and into healing. We minister to losses like; death of a loved one, job loss, divorce, major illness, hospitalization, long-term care, loss of a home, separation due to military deployment, onset of disability, and spiritual crisis.
Stephen Ministers are not counselors, therapists or mentors. Rather, they are mature Christian partners with a caring heart, who believe that when we share our burdens, Christ brings healing.
If you are going through a recent loss and would like an objective, caring person to listen to you, encourage you and pray for you, you might benefit from having a Stephen Minister.
WHAT DOES THE STEPHEN MINISTRY RELATIONSHIP LOOK LIKE?
A Stephen Minister will meet with a you on a weekly or every other week for about an hour. He or she will listen to you and provide acceptance, encouragement, prayer and scripture. There are important guidelines for this caring relationship which protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between you and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
- Men are matched with men; women with women.
- A Stephen Ministry relationship will continue for as long as you need help.
WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?
If you would like to find out more about having a Stephen Minister, your first step would be to contact us via the contact link below or checking the Stephen Ministry box on your Sunday service Connection Card. From there, one of our Stephen Ministry leaders will arrange to meet with you to explain Stephen Ministry in detail and help you decide if it is right for you.
Phone: Helen Ewing, Director of Stephen Ministry 810-360-5153
If you would like more information about Stephen Ministry or would like to see videos from Stephen Ministers and Care Receivers please visit the national website.