White 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 24 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.
What is Stephen Ministry?
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.
How Does Stephen Ministry Work?
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 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.
Establishing White Memorial's identity as a Stephen Ministry church requires all of us to take on this banner in whatever capacity God calls us.
For event information, email Susan Roberts.
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.
Stephen Ministers are:
Stephen Ministers 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.
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.
The 2015 Stephen Ministry training class will begin with an opening retreat on Friday evening, January 9 and Saturday, January 10. Regular training sessions begin on Monday night, January 12, and will continue every Monday night through April. The closing retreat will be held on Saturday, May 2, and Commissioning of new Stephen Ministers will be on Sunday morning, May 3. Find an application packet here.
For more information, please contact Lillian Poole.
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 Coordinator: Anne Simons
Links Coordinator: Anne Simons
Supervision Coordinator: Martha Hutchens
Continuing Education Coordinator: Janet Kelleher
Training Coordinators: Jim Brown, Lillian Poole
Stephen Ministry Forms
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):
Christian Care Report
Sabbatical Request Form