Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which trained and supervised laypersons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. Stephen Ministers are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with people who are working through a crisis or a tough time.
Care receivers are the recipients of Stephen Ministers’ care. They are people from our church or community who are experiencing divorce, grief, loss of a job, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness, or any of an endless number of other life difficulties.
Stephen Ministers usually meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour for as long as the care receiver will benefit by the relationship. Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of training in Christian care giving, including general topics such as listening, feelings, and personal boundaries. In addition, their training covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the Stephen Ministry Leaders: Sharon or Terry Burg at 513-777-7306.
Are Stephen Ministers Counselors?
Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen and care—not to give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers are also trained to recognize when a care receiver’s need exceeds what they can provide.
Can I Trust a Stephen Minister?
Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry, and what a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strictest confidence.
How Can I Request Help?
If you would like to hear from one of our Stephen Leaders, please fill out the form below and someone will contact you.