Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2, NRSV
CPC’s Stephen Ministry seeks to be a living representation of Christ to the suffering in our congregation and the community. It is a confidential ministry that is fully committed to ensuring that the caring relationship is safe, non-judgmental, and supportive. Stephen Ministry recognizes that no one is exempt from the struggles of life. Simply by listening, being present, and integrating Christian resources, Stephen Ministers can provide care to the hurting in a unique and profound way. For care referrals, or to personally receive care from a Stephen Minister, contact Teri Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stephen Ministers are congregation members who provide confidential, one-on-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing a life crisis such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, retirement, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Care is gender-matched and incorporates (whenever appropriate) distinctly Christian resources like prayer and Scripture. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of comprehensive training in the principles and skills required to provide high-quality, emotional and spiritual support to others. They commit to actively serve in Stephen Ministry for two years and participate in monthly supervisory meetings and ongoing continuing education. Stephen Ministers spend an average of one hour a week with the person receiving care—meeting continually for as long as necessary.
If you have a healthy relationship with the Lord and feel called to a ministry of caring for others, perhaps God is gently guiding you into Stephen Ministry. If you’re interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or a Stephen Leader please contact Carol Wallace email@example.com or Teri Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org .