Our Lady of Refuge Parish

Our Lady of Refuge Parish
Orchard Lake, Michigan

Our Lady of Refuge Parish

Stephen Ministry Questions and Answers

Some questions and answers about Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in our parish community using the Stephen Series system.

What is the Stephen Series system?

The Stephen Series system is a training and support system that equips and empowers lay caregivers –called Stephen Ministers- to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

What are the three groups of people involved in this ministry?

The three groups of people are: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.

Who might benefit from Stephen Ministry?

Anyone who is a caregiver, or might be experiencing challenges in life such as grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, and other life difficulties may benefit from Stephen Ministry.

How does Stephen Ministry work?

A Stephen Minister is matched with a care receiver after prayerful reflection by a Stephen Leader. Men are matched with men and women with women. The Stephen Minister then contacts the care receiver to establish a convenient time and place to meet with the care receiver for approximately a one hour session, once a week. The caregiver meets with the care receiver to listen to and pray with the care receiver in a confidential, nonjudgmental manner. 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 or other community resource.

How can I get more information and get in contact with a Stephen Leader?

Please contact Suzanne at 1-248-418-7244 or ym@olorcc.org.  As in all things, Christ is the caregiver and healer.

Rev: 01/17/17

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