"Christ Caring for People through
CARE FOR PEOPLE
FACING TOUGH TIMES
We all experience challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty, such as—
• Loss of a loved one
• Divorce or separation
• Loneliness or discouragement
• Spiritual crises
• Unemployment or a job crisis
• Terminal illness
• Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
• Chronic Illness
• Recovery after an accident or disaster
• And many more
IS A CONFIDENTIAL MINISTRY
The identity of those receiving care and
what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
A STEPHEN MINISTER IS:
• A congregation member with gifts for care giving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
• A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
• A caring, Christian friend, who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
• Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.
• A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say—and even your identity—confidential.
A STEPHEN MINISTER IS NOT:
• A counselor or therapist;
• A problem solver;
• Someone who runs errands or helps with chores; or
• A casual visitor.
WHAT DO STEPHEN MINISTERS DO?
• Explore feelings
• Share God's love
• Maintain confidentiality
• Attend to the care giving process and leave the results to God.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen
Minister, you can talk to the pastor or a Stephen Leader.
Rev. Dempsey Scott Harrison, Jr.
Asst. To Pastor in Pastoral Care
Pastoral Perspective and Testimonial
Stephen Ministry in Action