What is Stephen Ministry?

  • It is one-to-one ministry by trained, caring laypersons.
  • It is a short or long term helping relationship focusing on the unique needs of each person.
  • It is a commitment to caring and supporting one another, to building a Christ-centered, sharing community.
  • It is a response to Christ's instructions..."to love one another as I have loved you."
  • It is a religious and educational system of training and organization, which is already working in many congregations throughout the country.
  • It is a ministry named after Stephen, the first deacon in the early church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the community needs.

Who is a lay person?

  • A lay person who through training has learned skills and developed his/her gifts for bringing Christ's healing love to people who are lonely, grieving, strangers, new parents, ill, or experiencing other stresses in life.
  • A caring and sharing person who reaches out a supporting hand to the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of our community.

What kinds of needs will Stephen Ministry address?

The needs of:

  • People who are hospitalized
  • People who are grieving the loss of a loved one
  • People who are lonely
  • People who are depressed
  • People who are separated or in the process of divorce
  • People who are shut in
  • People experiencing the birth of a child
  • People who are dying, as well as the families of those who are terminally ill
  • People experiencing loss of job, or financial setbacks
  • People and families of those who are in trouble with the law
  • People who are struggling with their faith

How does Stephen Ministry work at Wekiva?

A Stephen Ministry training program prepares interested men and women to become Stephen Ministers, equipping them to care for the many needs in our church. Their 50+ hours of training include topics such as:

  • feelings
  • listening
  • assertiveness training
  • confidentiality
  • crisis theory and intervention
  • tele-care
  • use of prayer and the Bible
  • being professional
  • the "small step" approach
  • and other specialized "needs" such as grief, divorce, depression, stress, etc.



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