“I signed up to be paired with a Stephen minister at Corpus Christi’s ministry fair. From the start, my caregiver and I were a perfect match. I looked forward to our weekly meetings and felt comfortable talking about a difficult time I was going through. I knew I could count on her and the whole Stephen ministry team for their support and prayers. I’m so thankful for the help I received. I am healed.”
STEPHEN MINISTERS: A HEART FOR THE HURTING
We all go through tough times in life. Times that are turbulent and unsettling. In the midst of these challenging seasons, it can be extremely helpful to have someone come alongside us to give understanding and encouragement – providing stability, hope, and Biblical principles to help us through the storm.
WHO ARE STEPHEN MINISTERS?
Once trained, Stephen Ministers are compassionate individuals who accompany you through encounters with loss, grief, relationship challenges, and a myriad of things that can throw our lives into a tailspin. Stephen Ministers are not counselors, “know-it-alls,” or individuals who try to fix everyone’s troubles. They simply provide love, care, support, when we need it most. A Stephen Minister is a caring individual who can help us navigate our present situation.
BECOMING A STEPHEN MINISTER
For those who want to journey alongside and support others in a more intentional way, Corpus Christi’s Stephen Ministry provides training. Through 50 hours of training, you will receive practical, hands-on learning and resources to provide Christ-centered care and meet the emotional and spiritual needs of others.
You will use the skills you learn not only in your caring ministry but also in your relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. However, even Stephen Ministers do not journey alone; as a Stephen Minister, you will be helped and supported in your ministry by our team of Stephen Leaders, who will help you grow as you help others. Being a Stephen Minister may be one of the most rewarding opportunities you will ever embrace.
HOW DO I ASK FOR A STEPHEN MINISTER, EITHER FOR MYSELF OR FOR SOMEONE I KNOW?
Referring someone to Stephen Ministry is a natural transition from other caregiving supports the church offers, e.g., support from ministers, priests, and visits to those who are in the hospital or nursing care facilities.
We all need help from time to time, all requests for a Stephen Minister will be completely confidential.
To learn more about Stephen Ministry:
To become a Stephen Minister:
For more information on Corpus Christi’s Stephen Ministry or how to become a Stephen Minister, please contact one of our Parish Stephen Ministry Leaders:
Yani Tanorie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Cantine at email@example.com