A new class of Stephen Ministers at FUMC will begin training September 11, 2012. This new training course consists of 17 sessions, 13 on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM and 4 on Saturdays from 9 AM-1:30 PM. Classes will end on February 12 with commissioning at a later date. The training will include a variety of topics:, such as listening, assertiveness, grief work, and maintaining boundaries in care giving. The training is distinctively Christian and focuses on God as the one who heals as we provide care.
Stephen Ministers commit to at least two years for training, service, and regular supervision. Typically, a Stephen Minister meets with an assigned care receiver once a week for an hour. Many ministers enjoy their ministry so much that they choose to serve beyond the two years. While being a Stephen Minister requires commitment of time and effort, it also brings joy and fulfillment. It may be one of the most rewarding challenges you will ever embrace. You will use the skills you learn, not only in your caring ministry, but also in your everyday relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Think and pray about this opportunity. If you would like to be a Stephen Minister, please attend the informational meeting to be held Sunday, August 12, Room 110, 11:45 to 12:30. For most information, contact one of the Stephen leaders or the Minister of Pastoral Care.