Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay members to provide distinctly Christian care to those experiencing all kinds of difficulties in life. It is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another and based on the belief that caring for one another is an intended way of life for followers of Jesus Christ.
Stephen Ministers are not counselors or therapists, but they do provide one-to-one support for others in need.
Stephen Ministry training is a 50-hour program designed to provide church members the opportunity to develop practical skills for this caring ministry. Using Christian resources, skills are developed in listening objectively, understanding feelings, honest communication, crisis theory and intervention, as well as how to encourage steps of growth and change. The class format includes lecture, discussion and application in small-group settings. A new training program at FUMC will begin in Fall 2015.
Learn more about Stephen Ministry and the training program by attending an information meeting, either on Sunday, June 21, or Sunday, July 19, or Sunday, August 16, at 11:45 in Room 110.
E-mail Marge Terdal if you are interested but unable to attend one of these meetings.