Calvary Church began training up its first group of Stephen Ministers in January of 2019. New Stephen Ministers are always welcome! Contact Ben Tyvoll (below) if interested in exploring this ministry.
What do Stephen Ministers do? They walk beside a person who is struggling with hope due to a life crisis, adversity, or grief. The ministry is named for Stephen, a Christ-follower whose life and ministry is described in Acts 6-8. Stephen was one of seven people commissioned by the apostles to provide a care ministry for the widows of the church in Jerusalem.
To prepare for lay ministry, Stephen Ministers receive thorough, practical training as well as ongoing supervision and support.
What is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained to provide confidential one-on-one, Christ-centered care for people in crisis or with other pressing needs.
What do Stephen Ministers do?
- Explore feelings
- Share Christ’s love
- Maintain confidentiality
- Meet with their care receiver regularly
- Attend to the care-giving process and leave the results to God
Stephen Ministers are not…
- Casual visitors
Stephen Ministers care for those who are:
- Grieving loss of loved ones
- In a crisis
- Suffering from a chronic or terminal illness
- Experiencing post-partum symptoms
- Challenges with adoption or fostering children
- Working through life-transitions
- Experiencing frustrating or challenging family issues
- Going through a divorce
- Affected by job loss
- Disabled or assisting a disabled family member
- Struggling with separation due to military deployment
Are you interested in learning how to become a Stephen Minister? Are you or someone you care about in need of a Stephen Minister?