Christ Church has been a Stephen Ministry church since 1997. Since that time, our congregation has been equipping lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Who is a Stephen Minister? A Stephen Minister is a congregation member who has received 50 hours of training in providing confidential emotional and spiritual care. He or she is a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages--someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, for about an hour a week, for as long as there's a need.
Who can ask for care from a Stephen Minister? Anyone over 18 years of age. It can be a congregation member or non-member, one who is facing tough times. We all experience challenges in life where we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. The crisis or difficulty faced can be from:
+ Loss of a loved one
+ A terminal or chronic illness
+ Caregiver challenges
+ Divorce or separation
+ Unemployment or job crisis
+ Loneliness or discouragement
+ Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
+ Spiritual Crises
+ Recovery after an accident or disaster
+ And many more
Who will know? Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
For more information about a confidential referral to a Stephen Minister, contact Sally McKnight, Referrals Coordinator, at 713.306.1719 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on how Stephen Ministries works, including videos from actual care receivers and Stephen Ministers, visit www.stephenministries.org.
Do you know someone else who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? If so, you can refer them to this page and Sally McKnight, or pass along a blue Stephen Ministry brochure "Stephen Ministers are Ready to Care". The brochures can be found in the many wall racks around church. Also in the Sanctuary, in each pew pocket, a small Stephen Ministry Referral card is there for you to take and pass along.
Interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister? Contact Sally McKnight. Stephen Ministers are carefully recruited and trained to serve. They receive 50 hours of training, in listening, maintaining confidentiality, and many other Christian caring skills. Training has normally been held every two years. The 2015 class concluded in April, so the next class may be held in early 2017. However if enough are interested, a class may be held earlier. A Stephen Minister initially commits to serving for two years after training and some choose to continue the commitment.