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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
(Galatians 6:2)

What is Stephen Ministry?


  • A distinctively Christian confidential caregiving available to people going through difficult times and who are in need of support in their lives.
  • It is a Christ-centered ministry, where God is the cure giver.
  • It is part of a parish’s pastoral care ministry.

Who is a Stephen Minister?


  • A member of a parish who has answered God’s call to use his/her God given gifts to follow Jesus’ caring footsteps as a Christian care giver.
  • Stephen Ministers are carefully recruited, selected, trained for over 50 hours and then participate in regular supervision meetings to provide the best possible care.
  • They are prepared to enter into confidential, one-to-one relationships where they will listen, pray, extend acceptance, and provide distinctively Christian care.
  • A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything his or her care receiver says and even their identity – confidential.
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.

How do they serve?


  • They provide ongoing emotional and spiritual support by listening, praying and extending acceptance.
  • They do it in confidential, one-to-one relationships with their care receivers.

 


 

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“…whatever you did for one of these
least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
(Matthew 25:40)

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the Stephen Ministry Team at one of the parish sites!