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 About Stephen Ministry

“Encourage one another and build one another up.”  I Thessalonians 5:11



 Who are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are members of a congregation who are specially trained to provide emotional and spiritual care to individuals facing a crisis or difficult situation. They demonstrate God’s love by coming alongside care receivers who need a little extra support.

 

How are Stephen Ministers trained?

After being interviewed and passing reference and background checks, potential Stephen Ministers must complete 50 hours of training. Topics include the art of listening, Christian caring and prayer, confidentiality, assertiveness, boundaries, how to begin and end a caring relationship, depression, grief and loss, ministering to the dying, job loss, and divorce. Stephen Ministers participate in monthly continuing education to help them grow as Christians and as caregivers.

How are Stephen Ministers supervised?

All Stephen Ministers participate in supervision twice a month. This supervision provides support, encouragement, and accountability for each other so that they can continue to provide the highest quality care. During supervision, Stephen Ministers may discuss issues their care receivers are facing, but they never discuss their care receivers by name or give other identifying information. Only the two Stephen Leaders who handle referrals know who is receiving care.

Who are Stephen Leaders?

Stephen Leaders are Stephen Ministers who have undergone extensive additional training and who oversee the Stephen Ministry. They recruit, select, train, organize, and supervise Stephen Ministers. They also identify people in need of care and match them with the trained Stephen Ministers.

Why do Stephen Ministers volunteer?

Stephen Ministers are Christians who have discovered that they have gifts of caring, encouragement, listening, faith, mercy, and compassion. They feel called to serve others through this ministry and participate because they know that in Christ alone there is hope.

What kinds of problems are Stephen Ministers equipped to deal with?

Stephen Ministers support care receivers who are dealing with all sorts of problems. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, failed relationships, family stress
  • Hospitalization, serious or chronic illness, aging and dying, recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility
  • Unemployment or job crisis, financial concerns, relocation

Are any problems off-limits?

Stephen Ministers are not equipped to work with minors, those who are at risk of hurting themselves or others, or those who need mental health treatment, therapy, or medication. When necessary, Stephen Ministers refer their care receivers to health professionals or counselors.

 


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Are you interested in volunteering as a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister actively participates in 50 hours of training on how to provide distinctively Christian care; commits as a child of God to meet once a week with a hurting person for up to one year; is a caring supporter who really listens, prays, explores feelings, and leaves the cure and results solely to God; and attends ongoing supervision meetings the first and third Monday evenings of each month to ensure the best possible care for his/her care receiver.

Each person who answers God’s call to serve as a Stephen Minister is able, as a conduit of Christ’s love, to have a positive impact on another person’s life at a time when he/she needs someone to care. If you’ve been looking for a way to make a real difference in this hurting world, there’s no better way than to join the Stephen Ministry here at Christian Life Center.

For more information on becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office at 801-771-5433 ext 510 or go to our Stephen Ministry – Recruitment Page or click here.

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Requesting a Stephen Minister for yourself or a referral for someone in need of caring?

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister!
These needs include but are not limited to…

  • the hospitalized
  • the terminally ill and their families
  • people who move into or out of our parish community
  • those grieving a death or serious loss
  • the homebound and institutionalized
  • prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
  • those with a job crisis
  • the aging and elderly
  • those with disabilities and their families
  • those needing the support of a Christian friend
  • those facing life transitions
  • the separated or divorced
  • households experiencing birth or adoption
  • those in spiritual crisis

 

For request or referral for a Stephen Minister, please contact our Stephen Ministry Leader:

Bill Witcher,
Director
CLC Stephen Ministry
801-725-6796 (Cell)

F.A.Q about Stephen Ministry

Two pages that give clear, thorough answers to common questions about Stephen Ministry:

“Q & A: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions about the Stephen Series” (PDF)


Articles That Demonstrate the Many Benefits of Stephen Ministry

 


“A Testimonial Video from both Stephen Minsters, Care Receiver, Care Giver, and Stephen Leaders”

 

 

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