Stephen Ministers: A Heart for the Hurting
Stephen Ministry is a ministry at Grand View in which trained, supervised lay persons called Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.
What is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are caregivers. They do not take the place of Pastor Tom, rather they enhance and multiply the caring he can provide. Our ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.
We currently are beginning the process of looking for individuals who have the heart for helping others in loving, confidential relationships. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Terri Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-582-8875.
What is a Care Receiver?
Care Receivers are the recipients of Stephen Ministers’ care. They are people from our church who are experiencing such things as divorce, grief, loss of a job, hospitalization, or terminal illness. Stephen Ministers usually meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour. The length of time they will be seen is variable and will be decided by the care receiver, myself, and the Stephen Minister.
What do Stephen Ministers do?
Stephen Ministers are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with care receivers who are working through a crisis or a tough time.
Are Stephen Ministers Counselors?
Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen and care–not to give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers are trained to recognize when a care receiver’s need exceeds what they can provide. When that happens, they work with care receivers to help them receive the level of care they really need.
Can I trust a Stephen Minister?
YES! Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry, and what a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in the strictest confidence.
Why the Name Stephen?
The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need as recorded in Acts 6. Stephen Ministry has been around since 1975, when Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist, began it to multiply the caregiving in his congregation in St. Louis, Missouri. Grand View is one of more than 13,000 Stephen ministry congregations from more than 180 denominations.