Stephen Ministry

2016 Training
The 2016 Stephen Ministry training class begins with an opening retreat on Friday evening, January 8 and Saturday morning, January 9. Regular training sessions begin on Monday night, January 11, and will continue every Monday night through April. The closing retreat will be held on Saturday, April 30, and the Commissioning of new Stephen Ministers will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday morning, May 1.

For more information, please contact
Lisa Hebacker.

Applications for the 2016 Stephen Ministry Training Class are being accepted through November 15. Training begins January 2016. Memorial is a Stephen Ministry Church
There is a church in our neighborhood that has a banner stating “We are a Stephen Ministry Church.” Did you know that White Memorial has been a Stephen Ministry church for 25 years? You may not have been touched directly by this ministry, but to know that it is available, to understand what this ministry provides and to claim this identity as a congregation will equip us as a church to elevate and embrace our purpose as a Stephen Ministry Church. We, indeed, are all broken people in need of God's healing, comfort and grace. So that our members know more about this care-giving ministry and for those who need support in a time of crisis, we are expanding our identity and vision as a Stephen Ministry Church.

Stephen Ministry is…
•A Christian program sponsored by many denominations in the USA and around the world.
•A means of assisting the clergy and staff in the ongoing needs of their congregations.
•An effective way of nourishing the spiritual lives of church members as they seek to serve each other.
•A program of specific training and supervision through which to convey the love of God in all situations.

Stephen Ministers are…
•Caring Christians who offer support to others in need.
•Sharing Christians who bring their own personal witness to each helping relationship.
•Trained Christians who have developed their helping skills through intensive course work.
•Dedicated Christians who are commissioned by our church to provide confidential, in-depth caring.

How Does Stephen Ministry Work?
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay care givers, called Stephen Ministers, to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

There are three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers and care

Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation by building awareness,
recruiting and training Stephen Ministers, matching care receivers with Stephen Ministers and providing
Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education. People learn to be Stephen Leaders by attending a one-week training course.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality
one-to-one care to people going through tough times.

Care Receivers are people who receive one-on-one care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life. The relationship between a Stephen Minister and care receiver is confidential. Men are matched with men, and women with women.

To learn more about Stephen Ministry at White Memorial, contact 
Anne Simons or Lisa Hebacker .

The brochure 
Stephen Ministry by the Numbers gives more information about the ministry and answers some frequently asked questions.

Receiving Care
Stephen Ministers are:

  • trained
  • confidential
  • supervised
  • compassionate

They are members of our congregation who listen, encourage, pray and walk alongside you during difficult times. Stephen Ministers are church friends who are ready to care for you.

To receive the care of a WMPC Stephen Minister, contact
Lisa Hebacker or any of the pastors.

Giving Care
Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised in their care-giving. Prior to enrolling in the 50-hour training program, a potential Stephen Minister must complete an application (see Forms, below) and an interview with the Stephen Ministry leadership team. Upon successful completion of these steps a candidate is enrolled in our church-sponsored Stephen Ministry training program. Caring individuals from within WMPC and the surrounding community participate in leading our training. Upon completion of the training, new Stephen Ministers are commissioned to serve and begin their two-year commitment to one-on-one caregiving. To explore becoming a WMPC Stephen Minister, contact Lisa Hebacker or anyone wearing a blue Stephen Ministry badge.

Presentation on Depression from 2015 Commissioning Lunch

Continuing Education
Stephen Ministry continuing education sessions are held year-round, usually on first and third Monday evenings. Continuing education is intended to support active Stephen Ministers in their caring activities, but there is much to learn for us all. These continuing education sessions can help all of us to sharpen our caring skills; and caring skills are useful in all life situations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this continuing education. Contact Janet Kelleher to learn about upcoming continuing education topics. 

Leadership Team
Leadership Coordinator: Anne Simons
Links Coordinator: Anne Simons, James Fenwick
Supervision Coordinator: Martha Hutchens
Continuing Education Coordinator: Janet Kelleher
Training Coordinators: Mike Condrey, Ann Ramsay

Stephen Ministry Forms
Application Packet
Contact Record Sheet
Link Status Report
Check-In Statement (2 options):
     Stephen Ministry Check-In Statement
     WMPC Check-In Statement
In Depth Report (2 options):
     Progress Report
     Christian Care Report
Wrap-Up Form
Sabbatical Request Form