HOW TO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER
What are some of the reasons people become Stephen Ministers?
Generally, Stephen Ministers want to help others in need and are attracted to the idea of one-to-one ministry. Some mention the privilege it is to help people who are struggling. Others have said, "This is really ministry."
I'm not sure I have what it takes.
As you can imagine, being a Stephens Minister takes patience, wisdom, mercy and compassion. God can further develop your gifts through the training you will receive. When you fill out your application, you will have an opportunity to explain why you are interested in Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers feel called to help others and are willing to commit to training and ongoing peer group supervision.
What is training like?
Stephen Ministers are trained using the international Stephen Ministry organization's training series. Stephen Ministry International Website
During training, you spend a few hours a week preparing for and attending the training sessions held once a week. Training generally is from late September through March. You will read background materials on a variety of helpful topics such as listening, confidentiality, distinctly Christian care, grief and depression. You will hear lectures from experienced Stephen Ministers and have the opportunity to role play various caring situations. Most people who have gone through the training found it deeply enriched their relationship with God and also taught them valuable skills that strengthened their friendships and family relationships.
What exactly am I committing to?
Stephen Ministers commit to serve for two years. After the initial training and commissioning, you will begin to attend peer group supervision meetings twice a month. When you are assigned a care receiver, you will meet one-to-one weekly for approximately one hour.
For what kind of situations do Stephen Ministers provide care?
Care receivers may be experiencing difficulties such as:
◦ Grief and loss
◦ Divorce or separation
◦ Spiritual crisis
◦ Terminal illness
◦ Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
◦ Parenting issues
◦ A chronic illness
◦ Recovery after an accident or disaster
◦ Difficult transitions
◦ A job in crisis or unemployment
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact...
JoAnna Bradford (715) 544.0896 or send her an email
Pastor John Jordens (715) 341.0800