Frequently Asked Questions about Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry LogoWhat exactly is Stephen Ministry?

Steven Ministry is a ministry in our Asbury 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 are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are caregivers. They have engaged in 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. We currently have seven active Stephen Ministers (and five Stephen Leaders, several of whom are also active as Stephen Ministers).

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.

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. When that happens, they work with care receivers to help them receive the level of care they really need.

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 Steven Ministry, and what a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strictest confidence.

What is the Pastor’s Role?

Pastors will always be the primary caregivers, but there is no way pastors can meet all the needs for care. God has called all of us, not just pastors, to minister to one another. Steven Ministry multiplies ministry by turning the pastors into equippers so they can enable lay people to provide caring ministry as well.

How Can Someone Receive Care from a Stephen Minister?

If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, you can talk to Pastor Kathy La Point-Collup (925-447-1950 ext 102) or Pastor Chelsea Constant (925-447-1950 ext 101) or to any of our other Steven Leaders. Any of our Stephen Ministers would also be happy to connect you with our Stephen Leader who coordinates referrals.

How Can Someone Become a Stephen Minister?

Begin by talking to one of our Stephen Leaders or Stephen Ministers and they can tell you more. We are planning to begin training a new class of Stephen Ministers in January 2019. Look for more information in the coming months or ask any of Asbury’s Stephen Leaders.

Peace be with you,
Your Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers

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