Faith United Methodist Church
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by sharing God's love one person at a time.
Faith's Stephen Ministry provides one-to-one encouragement for people in transition. Through these caring relationships, Stephen Ministers walk with them during difficult circumstances.
Along with confidentiality the defining characteristics of a Stephen Minister are a Christ-centered approach and relying on the power of Divine guidance.
Listening and prayer are two major tools of this ministry. This ministry is not counseling, psychotherapy, or physical therapy. Stephen Ministers do not tell their care-receivers what to do or what to think, but walk alongside them, exploring and discovering emotional and spiritual well-being.
Stephen Ministers have a minimum of fifty hours of training in a wide variety of topics and skills including divorce, aging, grieving, depression, listening, and confidentiality. They receive bi-monthly continuing education and peer-supervision.
Names of care-receivers are never directly or indirectly revealed. Stephen Ministers do not talk to anyone else about the care-receiver.
Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care to those faced witha crisis or difficulty, such as...