aiding in crisis care at Sanctuary

WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?

  • A system through which regular attendees of Sanctuary are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to those in need within our congregation.
  • A team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to extend Christ’s healing love to people who are going through difficult times.

WHY STEPHEN MINISTRY?

  • We have many needs for care in our congregation: people experiencing divorce, grief, terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, family problems, and many other challenges.
  • Often people with needs suffer silently or do not request/receive the level of care they really need.
  • Stephen Ministry expands the care Sanctuary can offer by equipping and organizing our body to provide Christian care.

WHO BENEFITS FROM STEPHEN MINISTRY?

  • Those receiving care benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the issue they face.
  • Stephen ministers benefit through the spiritual growth they experience from being involved in meaningful ministry.
  • Our pastors benefit because caring ministry at Sanctuary is expanded.
  • You benefit from the knowledge that special care is available to you should you need it.

WHO ARE THE STEPHEN MINISTERS?

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
  • A caring, Christian friend, who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
  • A trustworthy believer who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for as long as there is a need.

HOW DOES STEPHEN MINISTRY WORK? 

  • Someone requests a Stephen Minister.
  • A Stephen Minister Referrals Coordinator will meet with that person and explain what Stephen Ministry is and help determine the kind of care that is needed.
  • The Referrals Coordinator matches that person with a Stephen Minister.
  • The Stephen Minister contacts that person and begins meeting with him or her.
  • Everything a care receiver says to his or her Stephen Minister is kept confidential.
  • The Stephen Minister listens, cares, prays, and helps the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.