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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on how Stephen Ministries works, including videos from actual care receivers and Stephen Ministers, visit www.stephenministries.org.
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.