Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry has been a vital part of the United Church of Christ, Congregational, since 2003. Stephen Ministers are laypersons trained to give Christian care to those in our church who are going through a period of crisis or transition, e.g., bereavement or other loss, chronic illness, unemployment, and other life difficulties.  This care consists of reflective listening and the use of Christian resources such as prayer and the Scriptures.  It does not involve counseling, and Stephen Ministers are trained that they should listen and empathize, not tell people what to do.

Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training, which includes instruction in areas such as feelings, listening, assertiveness, maintaining boundaries, and confidentiality.  They also receive regular continuing education.

Stephen Ministers normally meet with their care receivers for about an hour a week.  They work under the direction of trained Stephen Leaders with the support of the pastor.  They meet regularly with other Stephen Ministers and their leaders for peer supervision in which they support and encourage one another and hold one another accountable for their ministry.

 

 

© 2017 Delavan UCC - Congregational
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community