About Stephen Ministry
We live in a fast-paced and fragmented world. People suffer crises and tragedies, but they often don’t have caregivers they can count on. Family members and friends may be scattered across the continent—or even the world. Neighborhoods rarely offer the support they once did. So when a crisis or challenge hits, many people have no one to turn to and end up facing it alone.
Congregations today are overwhelmed with needs for care—the needs of their own members and the needs of people in the surrounding community.
- People who are hospitalized
- Those who are grieving
- Those suffering loneliness or discouragement
- People who are divorced or separated
- Those who are dying—and their families and friends
- Unemployed persons
- People fighting cancer or another debilitating illness
- People providing long-term care to a loved one
- Those dealing with the losses and challenges of relocating
- Parents whose children have left home
- Those who are home-bound, convalescing, or rehabilitating
- New parents
- Single parents
- Victims of disasters
- Those in a spiritual crisis
The list goes on.
Everyone faces periods of crisis, transition or difficulty. During these times a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize and pray with and for them, and encourage them with Christ’s love and care can be a tremendous benefit.
Stephen’s Ministry, a 40 year old program, was founded with just this mission in mind. Stephen Ministers are lay Christians selected, trained, and supervised by their congregation’s Stephen Leaders to provide effective, one-to-one care to others.
Stephen Ministries also has a great website: www.stephenministries.org where you can hear testimonies about the life changing effect Stephen Ministers provide to those who are hurting and in need of care.
Where Plans for Stephen Ministry Are at St. Matthew’s
There are several steps which need to be completed to officially launch this program.
- Enrollment (completed)
- Select and train leaders (completed–Susan Jung and Priscilla Trescott completed training in June.)
- Select and train Stephen Ministers (Our first trainee will complete his in April. Another training class will begin in September 2017)
- Stephen Ministers will be available to St. Matthew’s in April.
For more information, please contact Susan Jung or Priscilla Trescott.