Stephen Ministry provides confidential, Christian-based care. Trained lay people meet one-to-one with individuals experiencing disappointments and challenges in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a lay, caring Ministry of men and women volunteers who have been selected because of their gifts, capabilities and interest in caring for others. Stephen Ministers are not counselors or therapists, but have been given an educational course, ongoing continuing education and adhere to a structured and accountable peer supervision process. A Stephen Minister will listen, help you explore feelings, pray with and for you, provide support and affirmation as you work through a crisis or difficult time in your life. Your relationship would be 1:1, is a formal relationship of short or long term depending on your circumstances and needs. A Stephen Minister and his/her care receiver meet regularly at a mutually acceptable time and place. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry and is faithfully practiced. If you have experienced….. a loss thru death of a loved one, are going through separation or divorce, loss of job, relocation, loneliness, hospitalization, have a chronic illness causing life changes, losses of aging, are in long term care , terminally ill, are a caregiver to another, have changes or crisis in your life for which you need support, then a Stephen Minister could be a caring presence as you work through a difficult time. A Stephen Leader will contact you and talk about how a Stephen Minister can serve your needs.
Referral phone line (941) 625-4356
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please call the church office at 625-4356.