Stephen Ministry is looking for new Stephen Ministers

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When was the last time someone really listened to you?  We’re talking about that non-distracted, full-attention kind of listening.  That’s one of the ways our Stephen Ministry care for others.

Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time.  The ministry is a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith, develop stronger relational skills, and bring Christ’s love into the lives of hurting people.  If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this one-to-one caring ministry.

Stephen Ministers meet regularly with another person to provide care. They also meet with other Stephen Ministers to support and encourage one another. Stephen Leaders provide training and supervision. When Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers work together, God accomplishes wonderful things!

Areas of Focus for Stephen Ministry

  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Terminal Illness (includes families of dying persons)
  • Divorce
  • Hospitalization and Recuperation
  • Lonely or Discouraged
  • Spiritual Crisis
  • Relocation
  • Job Loss or Other Vocational Need
  • Spouse or Parent of Person in Crisis
  • Other Crisis Situation
  • Nursing Home Resident
  • Families of Those in Nursing Homes
  • Homebound or Shut-In
  • Convalescence or Rehabilitation
  • Long-Term Care

Commitment Required of a Stephen Minister

It requires a high level of on-going commitment to become a Stephen Minister.

  • Two year commitment to the ministry.
  • Weekly meetings with Care Receiver.
  • Bi-Weekly meetings with Stephen Ministry team for Continuing Education and Supervision Meetings.
  • Initial 50 hour training course.

Training Schedule

The training topics for the 2013-2 class is set forth below and all classes will be conducted at
PELLISSIPPI Campus in Room 209.

The 25 Stephen Minister Training Topics

Eighteen of these modules are used in the initial 50 hours of training and the other seven in continuing education.


1–The Person of the Caregiver

2–Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours

3–The Art of Listening

4–Distinctively Christian Caring–Parts 1 and 2

5–Process versus Results in Caregiving

6–Assertiveness: Relating Gently
and Firmly–Parts 1 and 2

7–Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving

8–Crisis Theory and Practice:
Danger versus Opportunity


10–Telecare: The Next Best Thing to Being There

11–Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources

12–Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief

13–Dealing with Depression: The Stephen Minister’s Role

14–Helping Suicidal Persons: Get the Help They Need

15–Bringing the Caring Relationship to a Close

16–Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care–Parts 1 and 2

17–How to Make a First Caring Visit

18–Follow Me


19–Ministry to the Dying and Their Family and Friends

20–Caring for People before, during, and after Hospitalization

21–Ministering to Those Experiencing Losses Related to Aging

22–Ministering to Persons Needing Long-Term Care

23–Ministering to Those Experiencing Divorce

24–Crises of Pregnancy and Childbirth

25–Providing Spiritual Care


How to Apply

  • Fill out an application and return to Bob Poteat, Rick Henry, Sheree Henry, or Chad Funk by Sunday, September 8th
  • Interviews will be conducted.
  • All participants will be informed of selection by September 14th.

Stephen Ministry is a vital part of the Groups Ministry here at Faith Promise Church. As with all of our groups, we focus on creating environments where people Encounter God, Embrace Others, and Engage the World Around Us.

This post was provided by Rick Henry.