Stephen Ministries

When an event shakes up your world, you can either let it hurt you or help you.  If you would like help in turning a life crisis into an opportunity of growth and faith, a STEPHEN MINISTER is ready to help you.

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another.  Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

A Stephen Minister is...
     * A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
     * A caring, Christian friend who takes the time to really listen.
     * A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian           care.

Everyone goes through difficult times.  Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God's love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.  Caring For You Through Christ...Stephen Ministry brings care to all in need.  This confidential, Christian care-giving is a vital part of the total healing ministry of Christ's body, the church.  Stephen Ministers are trained to aid the care receivers to more effectively deal with their own situations and to grow.

Some issues for which people may receive help from a Stephen Minister:

  * Needing someone to talk to
  * Struggling with faith in God
  * Discouraged, anxious, lonely
  * Experiencing the loss of a job
  * Having financial difficulties
  * Being new to our congregation or                       community
* Coping with divorce
* Grieving the loss of a loved one
* Dying, as well as family members of the            terminally ill
* Hospitalized
* Going through transition
 
How does Stephen Ministry work at First United Methodist Church?
Men and women Stephen Ministers visit their care receivers regularly and dependably, men ministering to men, and women to women.  They are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship.  Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of intensive training that covers such topics as: listening and feelings; relationship building; assertiveness training; confidentiality; crisis theory and intervention; use of prayer and the Bible.

If you or someone you know is in need of strictly confidential Christian care, contact Mary Miller, Director of Care Ministry, 580-237-2041  ex. 102.