28 Aug Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry Classes Planned for this Winter
You have been reading about Roser’s Stephen Ministry for months now. Why not consider joining us for our upcoming classes to become a Stephen Minister?
We are gathering names of persons in our Roser community who might be interested in sharing their gifts of compassion for those who are hurting, lonely, fearful, or perhaps facing health challenges or difficult decisions. The classes will include practicing care-giving skills such as effective listening, understanding feelings, and assertiveness within an environment of encouragement and distinctively Christian principles. Maintaining boundaries and the importance of confidentiality are discussed. In addition, you have an opportunity to grow in your personal Christian faith while you are acquiring skills that you will use throughout your lifetime.
Specific dates will be determined by the class members. These will include four 5- hour Saturdays and 9 weekday sessions of two and one-half hours, totally 50 hours. Classes will conclude the weekend before Palm Sunday.
A FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: How much of my time will it really involve? There are 50 hours of training. As a Stephen Minister you will visit about once a week (for about one hour) with the person you are caring for. You will also attend one meeting per month for supervision and continuing education.
GIVE US A CALL to request more details. You may call the church office at 941-778-0414. Or you can contact one of the Stephen Leaders, who include JoAnne Moyer, Betsy Grundy, Lorna Smilde, Joy Bennington and Dee O’Brien. Also any of our current Stephen Ministers could share with you their experiences and the value of the classes.
Perhaps you know someone who might benefit from RECEIVING the care-giving skills of a Stephen Minister. If so, call the church office or JoAnne Moyer.
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.
On January 15, 2015 Betsy Grundy was commissioned as a Stephen Minister Leader.
On 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 email@example.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.