Stephen Ministry Overview
Stephen Ministers are lay people -- Christian men and women -- trained to provide one-to-one care to people experienc1ng a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life and share a passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need. Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 11,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.
At Redeemer, Stephen Ministers have been equipped and empowered to provide high-quality confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. These fellow parishioners have successfully completed 50 hours of training in order to help "care receivers" in their time of need. Their training enables them to listen, care, encourage, pray and walk alongside a care receiver in a confidential way.
Stephen ministry does not replace the pastoral care work carried out by the clergy. Father Wiley continues to respond to the pastoral needs of this community. However, there are some ongoing needs that can be helped through the gift of a trained listener being available on a regular basis to listen, pray and to be present. It is the work of a trained Stephen Minister to come alongside a person to provide support, comfort, and strength by a ministry of presence.
Please contact Father Wiley, or Larry Lungren, chair, if you are interested in receiving the support and care a Stephen Minister provides.