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Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
What is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education. Learn more about Stephen Ministers here.
What is a Care Receiver?
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
Men are matched with men; women with women.
When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.
Are you interested in more information or looking to receive care?
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?
Contact Sharon Green Lee or call the Tyler Campus Office at 316-722-4694.
Want to learn more about Stephen Ministries? Visit Stephen Ministries' website.
>> Caring for the Caregivers
Caring for the Caregivers meet to support and care for each other who are caring for loved ones. All caregivers are invited to join us. Caring for the Caregivers meets the second Saturday of each month, except April 2020. In April we will meet on the third Saturday. 10 AM, in our Tyler Campus Library.