WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM A STEPHEN MINISTRY RELATIONSHIP?
If you are going through a difficult time 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. Stephen Ministers are not counselors, therapists or mentors. Rather, they are mature Christians with a caring heart, who believe that when we share our burdens, Christ brings healing.
WHAT DOES THE STEPHEN MINISTRY RELATIONSHIP LOOK LIKE?
A Stephen Minister will meet with a care receiver on a weekly basis for about an hour. He or she will listen to the care receiver and offer acceptance, encouragement, prayer and Scripture. There are two important guidelines for this caring relationship which protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
- Men are matched with men; women with women.
- A Stephen Ministry relationship will continue for as long as the care receiver desires help.
WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?
If you would like to explore the possibility of having a Stephen Minister, your first step would be to contact us via the contact link below or filling in the Stephen Ministry box on your 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.