The Stephen Ministry
A Confidential Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. Northside’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private as the Bible says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2
What is a Stephen Minister? A Stephen Minister is a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting. 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’s a need.
Who Is It For?
Those who need help
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, Hospitalization, Divorce or separation, Loneliness or discouragement, Spiritual crises, Unemployment or a job crisis, A terminal illness, Aging, Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility, A chronic illness, Relocation, Recovery after an accident or disaster and many more. Stephen Leaders have received extensive training from Stephen Ministry and oversee our Stephen Ministry.
How To Receive Care
from a Stephen Minister
If you are in need of care, you are confidentially paired with a Stephen Minister of the same gender. You and your Stephen Minister meet at a private place that you both agree upon, and work out together your weekly meeting times. The typical meeting is once a week for about an hour. A Stephen Minister is not a professional counselor and does not take the place of a professional counselor if one is needed. The Stephen Minister’s commitment is to walk beside you, helping you bear your burdens. The Stephen Minister takes time to listen and talk about your situation. Taking the circumstances to the Lord in prayer is the most valuable tool used in the healing process. Together, you and your Stephen Minister discover that God alone is the true Care Giver, How can I start receiving care from a Stephen Minister? The first step is to contact Pastor Daphne Moses 668-0617.
HOW TO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER
Core Qualities of a Stephen Minister
The person is a Christian, has the ability to keep confidences.The person is able to relate to others nonjudgmentally. The person is committed to giving the time necessary for training and service.The person is willing and able to participate faithfully in supervision.
Commitment Level of Stephen Ministers
Committing to participate in Stephen Ministry for a minimum of two years, which includes training and then service as a Stephen Minister. Attending all training sessions, except when sickness, emergency, or having to be out of town makes it impossible to attend. (Should not miss more than 2 of the 2 ½ hour sessions, and these need to be made up with one of the Stephen Leaders) Serving under the direction of the congregation’s Stephen Leaders. Attending all twice-monthly supervision and continuing education sessions, unless it is not possible to be in attendance because of sickness, emergency, or having to be out of town.
THE REWARDS OF BECOMING A STEPHEN MINISTER
The joy and satisfaction of participating in meaningful ministry and of serving Jesus. The friendship and support of the Christian community they develop in training and supervision. Personal growth through the training, service, and supervision Enhanced relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and others. Greater interpersonal relationship skills that prove valuable at work and in other activities. Increased faith in God, dedication to Jesus, and enjoyment of their religious life
Northside’s Stephen Leaders conduct the required training to become a Stephen Ministers once a year. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact any of our Stephen Leaders:
Daphne Moses, Director & Referrals Coordinator. Phone: 668-0617
Rowland Fisher, Training Coordinator. Phone: 423-8018
Debbie Holmes, Communication Coordinator. Phone: 424-0711