at St. Paul's
The symbol for Stephen Ministry is a cross with a circle encompassing two persons. The broken person behind the cross symbolizes the brokenness in our lives resulting from sin, imperfections, and life crises. The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is only through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole. The circle symbolizes the wholeness we receive through Christ and His unending love for us.
Stephen Ministry was begun in 1975 by Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist. It is now in 12,000 congregations from more than 150 denominations worldwide. Stephen Ministry was begun at St Paul's in 2013 when two Stephen Leaders were trained to recruit, teach, and supervise Stephen Ministry in our congregation. We are currently completing our first 50 hour training class with seven participants. Training focuses on the actual caregiving skills we will use in our caring relationships - learning about feelings, listening skills, assertiveness, maintaining boundaries, confidentiality, and ministering to those experiencing grief or loss.
We look forward to the next phase - selecting care receivers and matching them with Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers are assigned only one care receiver, whom they visit weekly. The role of the Stephen Minister is to listen and care - not to give advice or counsel. Trust is essential and confidentiality one of the most important principles. What a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in strictest confidence.
If you are interested in having a care receiver, please call the church office and talk to the pastor or call Bette Althof at 787-0274. If you would like information about becoming a Stephen Minister and joining the next training class, do the same.