What Exactly is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry at St. Andrew in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-on-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.
Who is Involved?
Stephen Leaders are the ones who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They recruit, select, train, organize, and supervise our Stephen Ministers, identify people in need of care, and match them with a Stephen Minister.
Stephen Ministers are caregivers with 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving including general topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, and assertiveness. Their training includes specialized topics such as ministering to those who are divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging.
Care receivers are the recipients of Stephen Minister care.
What do Stephen Ministers Do?
They are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with care receivers who are working through a crisis or tough time.
Are Stephen Ministers Counselors?
Stephen Ministers are NOT counselors; they are trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen, care and not give advice or counsel. They are trained to recognize when a care receiver's need exceeds what they can provide. When that happens, they work with care receivers to locate the level of care they need.
Can I Trust a Stephen Minister?
Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry, and what a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strict confidence.
What is the Pastor's Role?
Pastors will always be primary caregivers, but there is no way pastors can meet all the needs for care. God has called all of us, not just pastors, to minister to one another. Stephen Ministry multiplies ministry by turning pastors into equippers so they can enable lay people to provide caring ministry as well.