At St. Paul United Methodist Church we have been active in
Stephen Ministry since 2013. This is a place
for a few common questions.
WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
The Stephen Ministry is a complete system for training and organizing
lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around
WHO ARE THE STEPHEN CAREGIVERS? Stephen Caregivers are specially-trained
Christian lay people who provide one-on-one care to persons who are in
need. Caregivers and care receivers are
paired by gender: a man with a man or a woman with a woman.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE?
When a person signs up to be a care giver a commitment of two years is
expected. This includes 50 hours of
training and continuing education and peer support following the training.
WHO ARE THE CARE RECEIVERS?
Care receivers are those who either request a Stephen care giver or are
recommended by other members of the congregation. Having a Stephen Care giver is completely
voluntary. Confidentiality is paramount.
WHAT ABOUT OUR PASTORS? Pastors will always be the primary
caregivers, but pastors cannot meet all the ongoing needs for care in our
congregation. God has called all of us, not just pastors, to minister to
one another. Stephen Ministry multiplies ministry by turning pastors into
equippers so they can enable lay people to provide caring ministry as well.
WHO CAN I TALK TO ABOUT STEPHEN MINISTRY? You may contact Kathy Rice, Stephen Leader,
by phone through the church office at 402-556-2433 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also find literature in pew racks and on tables at
various places in the church.
Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you
will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).