Stephen Ministry Training

"To equip the saints (believers) for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."  Ephesians 4:12

Classes are held on a periodic basis, usually on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30 P.M. Training lasts approximately 4 months. Following this training, new Stephen Ministers make a commitment of  10-12 hours per month as follows:

  • 5-6 of these hours in personal calling, average 1 hour per week,

  • 5-6 of these hours in supervisory sessions and continuing education,

  • two 2-hour evenings per month, Monday, 7:00 - 9:30 P.M.

Topics may include:
  • The Art of Listening,

  • Effective Use of the Traditional Resources of Christianity,

  • Assertiveness Training: Relating Gently and Firmly,

  • Feelings, Yours and Mine,

  • Confidentiality,

  • Crisis Theory and Intervention: Danger vs. Opportunity,

  • Utilizing Community Resources,

  • Stress of Hospitalization,

  • Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief, the Dying and the Friends of the Dying, Depressed Persons, Suicidal Persons and Their Families, Older Persons and Those Experiencing Divorce

  • ...and many more.

After Training:

Some thoughts from Stephen Ministers: 

  • Participating in the Stephen Ministry training program has been a fantastic experience.  I've gotten to know some wonderful people, and I'm learning a lot about myself.  I'm learning skills that are useful in
     my daily life, as well as in my work as a Stephen Minister.   

  • The Stephen Ministers-in-training are a wonderful, caring group of people who are deeply committed to sharing their talents and love of Christ where they are needed.  We come from various backgrounds and interests but have come together wanting to be of service to others.   

  • Stephen Ministry training is teaching me how to help another who is in need, just as a Stephen Minister walked beside me in my time of need.

  • I have served in church in many different ways: for example as an elder, a deacon and teaching Sunday School.  Being a Stephen Minister is the best, most rewarding thing I have ever done.

And some thoughts from those they have helped: 
  • I thank God every day for my Stephen Minister.  I don't know how I could have made it through the past year without her! 

  • As a man it was difficult and awkward reaching out for help.  But I'm
    glad I did.  It surely was a lot easier having a Stephen Minister to talk to. 

  • The best thing about Stephen Ministry was it was so confidential.  Nobody even knew I had a Stephen Minister. 

  • I was hurting so much I couldn't see straight.  But I discovered the healing love of Jesus through my Stephen Minister. I can't say enough about Stephen Ministry.

This is the message you heard from the beginning:
We should love one another.  1 John 3:11

Questions?  Contact one of our Stephen Leaders