More than 60,000 pastors, church staff, and laypersons have been trained as Stephen Leaders (those who oversee and direct Stephen Ministry in the congregation) at a Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course.
More than a million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions of others have received care from Stephen Ministers in informal ways.
First Christian Church began an active Stephen Ministry in 2002 and 37 Stephen Ministers have received training. Men and women care receivers have ranged in age from 23 to 90 years old.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time or crisis, please contact our Stephen Ministry office: 355-6527 ext. 20 or a Stephen Leader:
John Connell, Betty Chronic or Kim Wilson.
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A congregation member who is recruited, selected, trained, commissioned, and supervised by Stephen Leaders to provide one-to-one Christian care to persons in need on behalf of the congregation. Stephen Ministers typically are assigned one care receiver at a time and meet with that person for about one hour each week. Stephen Ministers usually serve for two years, which includes an initial 50 hours of training followed by twice-monthly supervision and continuing education sessions.
A person experiencing a life crisis or challenge who receives the caring ministry of a Stephen Minister. The needs of care receivers may include divorce, loss of a loved one, hospitalization, terminal illness, loneliness, relocation, unemployment, retirement, empty nest, and other life transitions.
A recurring element throughout the Stephen Ministry Training Manual that defines the character of a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers use the four points and center of the compass to guide their caring ministry and chart their continuing growth as caregivers who are compassionate, full of faith, skilled, trustworthy, and Christ-centered.