Faith United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by sharing God's love one person at a time.

Stephen Ministry

I need a Stephen Minister

A care-receiver is any person who can benefit from the non-judgment support and encouragement of a Stephen Minister during this time in their life. If you need some extra support and care, are going through a time of struggle, confusion or despair, experiencing a time of loss, loneliness, or the scariness of a new or difficult situation you might find it helpful to have someone listen and talk with you during this time in your life. If you would like to have a Stephen Minister meet with you, please contact one of our pastors.

I know someone who needs a Stephen Minister

You can refer yourself, a friend, neighbor, relative or anyone else you know who is going through a difficult time. Just remember if you are referring someone else, obtain their permission before you give their name to a pastor

I want to be a Stephen Minister

A poential Stephen Minister will receive 50 hours of training, meet twice a month for supervision and make an initial commitment of two years. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Rev. Erma Pregler by phone at 918-252-1679 or by email.

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. 
 

You play an important role in Stephen Ministry.

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

 

Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care to those faced witha crisis or difficulty, such as...

  • Loss of loved one
  • Hospitalization and chronic illness
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crises
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster