Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Connect-Care-Stephen-MinistryClasses planned for those who wish to become Stephen Ministers

We are determining the best schedule for our next Stephen Ministry course at Roser, likely to be offered next winter approximately January-March 2018. There is interest from several potential students at this time. Once we have a definite group of students lined up, we will be able to determine the best day of the week for classes to be offered. Those who are interested in taking Stephen Ministry classes and becoming Stephen Ministers, please call the church office at 941-778-0414 or contact Betsy Grundy. If you or someone you know would like to have a Stephen Minister, please call the church office or contact JoAnne Moyer.

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, by carefully and calmly listening, providing perspective, maintaining total confidentiality and privacy, and helping the Care Receiver walk through difficult times.

Over 50 hours of initial training takes place in basic counseling and ministry, and students actively participate in their own Christian growth and effective sharing with others. The training takes place before Stephen Ministers are commissioned and assigned to their first Care Receivers. Continuing education takes place during the months after commissioning.

Stephen Ministers are lay persons trained and commissioned to extend the care of Christ and the Church to those short and long-term residents who might benefit from the visits of a skilled listener and supportive Christian friend. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers provide care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Important guidelines protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister. The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential. Men are matched with men; women with women. When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.  This care is entirely confidential—no one knows the identity of a care receiver except for his or her Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired the two together. Stephen Ministers and Leaders hold monthly Supervision Meetings within the approved policy of confidentiality.

STEPHEN MINISTRY STORIES – Click the link to read the full stories:

“I Began to Feel God’s Love Again”—A young woman describes how her caring relationship with her Stephen Minister allowed her to experience Jesus in a personal, tangible, life-transforming way.

“I’m So Grateful for Stephen Ministry!”—A man shares how he and his Stephen Minister built a high-trust relationship, apart from his regular circle of friends, so that he could move forward through a tough time in his life.

“Stephen Ministry: Helping Dad Hang on during a Personal Earthquake”—A story about a father who received care from a Stephen Minister while grieving the death of his infant son.

“On the Front Lines of Care”—The story of an Army captain who lost his foot in an explosion in Iraq, trained as a Stephen Minister, and later returned to Iraq better equipped to care for the soldiers under his command.

“Stephen Ministers Helping People Get Back on Track”—Stephen Ministers are frequently involved in ministering to entire communities following a disaster. This newspaper article describes how Stephen Ministers cared for people throughout Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado devastated the city.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. Stephen Minister training is an engaging, energizing experience that includes a mixture of lecture, video, group discussion, skill practice, and spiritual growth activities. Stephen Ministers frequently call it, “The Best 50 Hours of Training You’ll Ever Experience!” Here’s why:

  • Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.
  • You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.
  • You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.
  • You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.
  • You feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community.
  • Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!

There is not cost for this service. Please contact JoAnne Moyer or Dr. Bob O’Keef at (941-778-0414) if you or someone you know would benefit from this care or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister.

There was a Sharing Retreat of 30 local Stephen Ministers from Roser Memorial Church, First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton, Kirkwood Presbyterian, and Parrish United Methodist Church at First Presbyterian Church on January 22, 2017.

STEPHEN MINISTRY NEWS:

Topics of discussion were: How to Communicate best with our Congregation, Community, Pastor and Fellow Stephen Ministers. How to best recruit Stephen Ministers and Care Receivers. And last; there was a discussion on Continuing Education, when, how often, and what subjects are helpful to be an effective SM.

Post-Stephen-Ministry,-BetsyOn January 15, 2015 Betsy Grundy was commissioned as a Stephen Minister Leader.

Post-Stephen-MinistersOn January 25, 2017 the Roser Stephen Ministers received a Trolley Grant from the AMI Chamber of Commerce. Our thanks to the Chamber and the community for the generous contribution.

Roser Church is located near the Anna Maria City Pier at 512 Pine Avenue. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414, email info@roserchurch.com, go to www.roserchurch.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook/roserchurch. For more information about Stephen Ministry go to www.stephenministries.org.