CPC chose to implement Stephen Ministry in response to God’s love and Jesus’ command, “Love one another, even as I have loved you”. Stephen Ministers answer this call in a special way by “being there” for people who need a Christian presence amid the struggles of life. God did not create us to be independent; He created us to be interdependent. In fact, God’s word calls us to “bear one another’s burdens”. Through Stephen Ministry, God has touched countless lives in over 8,000 churches worldwide. People whose needs might otherwise slip through the cracks have come face to face with Jesus’ love through their Stephen Minister.
If you find yourself now or in the future facing difficulties in life, don’t succumb to society’s norm of remaining strong and suffering alone. Take the courageous step of seeking help. Open your heart to receiving God’s love and grace through another person. Our Stephen Ministry offers the opportunity of a very confidential relationship with someone who will listen to you and provide you with the care and encouragement you need, while Christ works inside to bring rest to your weary, burdened heart.
For more information about Stephen Ministry care for yourself or for a friend, please contact one of our Stephen Leaders, Cindy Roberts through the church office, 703-830-0098.
What exactly is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.
Who is involved?
Stephen Leaders are the ones who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They train, organize and supervise our Stephen Ministers; identify people in need of care; and match them with a Stephen Minister.
Stephen Ministers are the caregivers.
They have been through 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving, including general topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, and using Christian resources in caregiving. In addition, their training covered specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved and aging. They continue to participate in ongoing twice-monthly continuing education and supervision.
Care receivers are the recipients of Stephen Ministers’ care.
They are people from our church or the larger community who are experiencing divorce, grief, loss of a job, life transitions, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness, or any of an endless number of other life difficulties.
What do Stephen Ministers do?
Stephen Ministers are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with care receivers who are working through a crisis or a tough time. They usually meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministry care is always confidential and Stephen Ministers always have care receivers of the same gender.
Are Stephen Ministers counselors?
Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen and care—not give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers are also trained to recognize when a care receiver’s need exceeds what they can provide. If this happens, they work with care receivers to help them receive the level of care they really need.
How can someone receive care from a Stephen Minister?
Cindy Roberts is our Stephen Leader who coordinates referrals. If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, you can talk to her, to one of our pastors, or to any of our other Stephen Leaders. Contact the church office, 703-830.0098
How can I support our Stephen Ministry at CPC?
First of all, pray for CPC’s Stephen Ministry. Pray for the Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as they provide care to others. Pray for all who are receiving confidential care through the Stephen Ministry of our congregation. Secondly, tell others in our church and others in our community about the availability of our congregation’s Stephen Ministry and the care it can provide. In addition, let our Stephen Leaders or Stephen Ministers know about those who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister—be sure to get that person’s permission first! Lastly, consider receiving Stephen Ministry care when you are in need of a supportive Christian friend to walk with you through a challenging time.