Meet Our Stephen Ministers
Stephen Ministers are Church members reaching out in agape love and support to those in crisis. Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is helping people walk through a difficult time in their lives and showing them Christian care. Stephen Ministry is a free and confidential service. To receive care from a Stephen Minister, contact Rev. Patti Blackwood at 928-778-1950
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training prior to providing care to others. Stephen Ministers do not replace the clergy, they work to provide the long-term one-on-one care that clergy is unable to provide alone. If you feel a Stephen Minister would be helpful to you, please contact one of our pastors. Even the strongest person may need someone to just listen.
For more information about Stephen Ministry, go to http://www.stephenministries.org/
How do I get the training to become a Stephen Minister?
Our next training class will begin Monday, January 9. We will meet in Douglas Hall from 6:00pm to 8:30pm every Monday from January 9 through May 22. We are looking for men and women who want to “walk” with another through a difficult time in that person’s life. There is no educational requirement, and it does not matter what your work field is or may have been. Age is not a factor; we have trained people from high school age to well after social security kicked in. To pick up an application to become a Stephen Minister, see someone at the table in front of the church through October, stop in the office, or call Rev. Patti Blackwood at 928- 778-1950.
We would love to have you join us. The special training we will give you will prepare you to help other people. It will also help you in your own life. Here are some examples of the classes you will take:
Listening Assertiveness training Confidentiality
Ministering to those experiencing grief and dying
Dealing with depression Providing spiritual care
As you can see we will prepare you extensively for your job as Stephen Minister. To pick up an application see someone at the table in front of the church on Sat. or Sun., stop by the office or call Rev. Patti Blackwood at 928.778.1950.