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 firstname.lastname@example.org. As in all things, Christ is the caregiver and healer.