A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian lay person, trained to walk with a person during a time of need. A Stephen Minister’s goal is to listen and understand with a Christ-grounded, objective, non-judgmental heart, giving the hurting person an open, yet confidential, environment in which to examine and wrestle with the problems.
A Stephen Minister is —
- A caring Christian who offers support to others in time of need.
- A trained Christian who has received 50 hours of intensive coursework in how provide distinctively Christian care.
- A dedicated Christian commissioned by our congregation for confidential, in-depth Christian caring. He/she participates in monthly supervision and continuing education. A commitment is made to serve for at least two years.
A Stephen Minister is not—
- A counselor or therapist
- A casual visitor
“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34