BACKGROUND

Christ Church has been a Stephen Ministry church since 1997. Since that time, our congregation has been equipping lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Who is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is a Christian man or woman over the age of 18 and congregation member who has received 50 hours of training in providing confidential emotional and spiritual care.  He or she is a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages--someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, for about an hour a week, for as long as there's a need.

Interested in Receiving Care?

Who can ask for care from a Stephen Minister? Anyone over 18 years of age. It can be a congregation member or non-member, any one who is facing tough times. We all experience challenges in life where we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Normally a crisis cannot be too small or large, no struggle too hard, to benefit. Some struggles can be from loss of a loved one, jobless, illness, divorce, loneliness, aging, child birth, and many more. These are only examples.

Confidentiality and Referral

Who will know? Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. For more information about a confidential referral to a Stephen Minister, contact Sally McKnight, Referrals Coordinator, at 713.306.1719 or at smcknight@prodigy.net. For more information on how Stephen Ministries works, including videos from actual care receivers and Stephen Ministers, visit www.stephenministries.org.

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Do you know someone else who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? If so, you can refer them to this page and Sally McKnight, or pass along a blue Stephen Ministry brochure "Stephen Ministers are Ready to Care". The brochures can be found in the many wall racks around church. Also in the Sanctuary, in each pew pocket, a small Stephen Ministry Referral card is there for you to take and pass along.

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