Adult Ministry: Care
What we do:
Stephen Ministry is a free confidential Christian support ministry. We care for people during life’s difficult transitions; such as, the loss of a loved one, job loss, anxiety, illness, marriage issues, and other struggles. Stephen Ministers are not professional counselors or therapists; however, we have each received 52 hours of training, prior to being assigned our first care receiver. While Stephen Ministers profess faith in Christ, we care for those of any religion or no practicing religion at all. We are prepared to meet weekly, privately, and confidentially.
Why we do it:
We all go through challenging seasons. Stephen Ministers have the honor and opportunity to bring encouragement and hope to those who request our help. In this way we are sharing Jesus Christ as an expression of His heart, a core PCC value.
Aligning with our G4 Strategy, Stephen Ministers Grow in Christ-likeness, as they care for those in transition or crisis. They are a beacon to Christ and draw people to Him through their care. This contribution is a godly gift to all who partner with a Stephen Minister—both inside our PCC Family and in the community. Stephen Ministers bless us, as they Give of their time, talents, and abilities.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Who does it:
You will thrive in this role if you:
- look forward to the 52 hours of comprehensive equipping (or are already a certified Stephen Minister)
- are compelled to offer care to the hurting
- express care through simply listening reflectively, as a sounding board
- recognize the importance of maintaining confidentiality
- value structure and protocol, in order to uphold the integrity of this ministry, as well as the dignity of your care receiver
- sense a fulfillment in and closeness to Christ through this sort of care
Stephen Ministers are caring, encouraging, and good listeners. We offer hope to those who need it most.
How we do it:
- Stephen Ministers first go through 52 hours of training.
- Care receivers are paired with a same-gender Stephen Minister.
- Each Stephen Minister meets privately with their care receiver weekly for about one hour.
- Stephen Ministers meet twice per month for Peer Group Supervision.
52 Hours of training and continuing education, offered by the Stephen Leaders.
We win when:
- Someone in crisis or transition contacts Stephen Ministry and is paired with a Stephen Minister.
- Hurting people are supported by someone who cares for them.
- A care receiver realizes they have come through the crisis and no longer needs the care of a Stephen Minister.
- Stephen Ministers support each other through prayer, listening, and sharing perspectives, while maintaining confidentiality.
- Friendships are forged among Stephen Ministers.