STEPHEN MINISTRY IS CHRIST CARING FOR PEOPLE THROUGH PEOPLE

STEPHEN SERIES:  A complete system for training and organizing laypeople to provide one-to-one confidential Christian care to hurting people in and around your congregation.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: 

All of the caregiving, leadership, and administration that the Stephen Series brings about in a congregation is often referred to as Stephen Ministry.  What a Stephen Minister does is also frequently referred to as Stephen Ministry.

STEPHEN LEADER: 

Pastor, church staff, or lay person who has completed a week-long Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course and implements the Stephen Series on behalf of his or her congregation.  Stephen Leaders take on different coordinator roles to oversee the different Stephen Series system steps.

FAITH UMC STEPHEN LEADERS:

Pastor John Hogsett    
Shirley Beach                    
Janet Miller                       
John Moore                      
Cathy Van Huystee        
 

STEPHEN MINISTER: 

A lay Christian recruited, selected, trained, and supervised by Stephen Leaders to provide Christian caregiving on behalf of his or her congregation.  He or she commits to serve a minimum of two years, which includes an initial 50 hours of training followed by twice-monthly supervision and continuing education sessions.  Stephen Ministers can extend their service well beyond their two-year initial commitment, which they often do.
 

CAREGIVER:  A term that can refer to any person who gives care to another person.  When used in the Stephen Series, it refers to someone who offers are to another person in a confidential, consistent, and structured fashion.  Stephen Ministers are caregivers.

CARE RECEIVER:

  A person who receives care from another person.  In Stephen Ministry it refers to a person experiencing painful or conflicting feelings as a result of a life crisis or challenge and because of this is receiving the caring ministry of a Stephen Minister.
 

PROCESS-ORIENTED CARING:

  The Stephen Ministry approach to caring ministry in which the Stephen Minister focuses on the process of listening, caring, and accepting his or her care receiver.  The caregiver depends on God to bring about healing or change in that person.

 

WE ARE THE CAREGIVER—GOD IS THE CUREGIVER.
 
For more information about Stephen Ministers, visit www.stephenministries.org/SM