What is a Stephen Minister?

A person trained to provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care to hurting people

 

Stephen Leaders

Stephen Leaders—Direct the overall ministry in the congregation.  Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation.

They:

  • build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community
  •     recruit and train Stephen Ministers
  •     meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs
  •     match care receivers with Stephen Ministers
  •    provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education

People learn to serve as Stephen Leaders by attending a Leader’s Training Course—a one-week conference that introduces the resources used to lead Stephen Ministry, develops key skills, and gets people excited about this caring ministry. Most congregations begin with two to four Stephen Leaders, typically including a pastor, possibly another church staff person, and one or more lay leaders.

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If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Ministries Care Receiver, please contact Jeanie Roland or call the church office at (949) 837-2435.

 

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders.

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.

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If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Ministries Care Receiver, please contact Jeanie Roland or call the church office at (949) 837-2435.

 

Care Receivers

Care Receivers—People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. Watch videos with stories from care receivers.

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.

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If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Ministries Care Receiver, please contact Jeanie Roland or call the church office at (949) 837-2435.
Our Stephen Ministries Confidentiality Policy:

  • If you feel that you may benefit from a Stephen Minister please call us at one of the numbers below.
  • If you know someone who may benefit from a Stephen Minister please give them this information and encourage them to call us.  If they are reluctant to call us, you can ask them for permission to share their name and number with us and we will call them.  Please to not call or share about someone’s situation if they have not given you permission to talk with us.

Jeanie Roland  949-315-6406          Allan Lee  949-922-5467