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What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care ministry. Within Stephen Ministry, men and women are trained in a substantial 50-hour training program on how to appropriately care for hurting individuals. Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, and Christ-centered care to anyone in need. 

How does Stephen Ministry work?

Stephen Ministry is made up of three different participatory groups: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and Care Receivers. Understanding the function of these three groups grants the strongest understanding of how Stephen Ministry operates.

Stephen Leaders

Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in the church. They work to:
  • build awareness of Stephen Ministry throughout the church
  • recruit and train Stephen Ministers
  • meet with potential Care Receivers to assess their needs
  • match Care Receivers with Stephen Minsters
  • provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education
Stephen Leaders experience an additional one-week training course in addition to the 50-hour training program necessary to being a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are the hands and feet of Stephen Ministry; their involvement includes:
  • undergo 50-hours of quality training on the appropriate care to offer to their respective Care Receivers
  • meet weekly with their Care Receiver for about an hour, caring for them in their time of hurt and need.
  • gather once a month with fellow Stephen Ministers & Leaders for supervision, guidance, and continued education
  • care offered from Stephen Ministers includes a listening ear and Christ-centered counsel, seeking the wholistic health of the Care Receiver

Care Receivers

A Care Receiver can be anyone experiencing a difficult time in life – experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or mental illness, or some other life crisis.
Important guidelines to know:
  • the relationship between a Care Receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential
  • men are matched with men; women are matched with women
  • when a Care Receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional
  • must be 18 years of age or older

Stephen Ministry at SMCC

Stephen Ministry is a highly regarded ministry throughout the whole of the church, and is held in great importance at the South Milford Church of Christ. The care offered by Stephen Ministers is always full of love, never seeks ulterior motives, and is available to anyone in need. 
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