Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry: 662-4466, ext. 388

What Is This Ministry?

Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry is a model for care-giving ministry first developed in St. Louis by a minister and psychologist, Dr.Kenneth Haugk, PhD. Today there are more than 10,000 Stephen Ministry programs in the world. This model has been used at First Presbyterian Church since 2006. The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, the first layperson the Apostles commissioned in Acts 6 to provide caring ministries to those in need.

In this ministry of listening, a trained lay person becomes a caregiver to a care receiver, a person of the same sex, who is dealing with needs, concerns, or struggles that would be made easier with support and prayer.

To hear Stephen Ministers and those who have benefited from having a Stephen Minister share their stories, click here: http://www.stephenministries.org/stephenministry/default.cfm/1597

Continuing Education Events

Stephen Ministry events are open to everyone.

A Lenten Spiritual Practice for Stephen Ministers and Care Givers, with The Rev. Kristin Riegel

April 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Monteith Hall

Prepare to be nourished. Do care-taking responsibilities crowd out everything else in your life? Do you sometimes feel depleted by the constant demands on your time and attention? Join us for a special evening as Kristin leads us in spiritual practices specifically designed for Stephen Ministers and all Care Givers. Based on Kristin’s Lenten class, Praying With Our Hands.

Spirituality in Therapy with Dr. Daniel Bingham, PsyD

May 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Monteith Hall

Dr. Bingham incorporates spiritual values in his family practice and will share his experiences. He specializes in adolescent and family issues.

Arbor Hospice Tour with Diane Smith, Chaplain of Arbor Hospice

June 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. off site at Arbor Hospice at 2366 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Everyone is invited on this field trip to Arbor Hospice, located on the west side of Ann Arbor. Come learn about our local hospice program and tour their facility. Please contact Deanne Woodruff, DEWoodruff@att.net, or 734-761-1831, if you plan to attend, so we can plan to have enough space reserved for you.

Why Is This Ministry Needed?

Pastors will always be available during times of crisis, but there are more needs for ongoing, personalized care than pastors can meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry is a biblical solution for equipping those specially gifted in our congregation for care-giving. Lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide. Stephen Ministers reach out to those hurting, both within our church family and throughout the community.

Who Is A Stephen Minister?

  • A Christian who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for care giving
  • A layperson carefully selected, who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, makes no judgements, prays, supports, and encourages.
  • Someone who will meet faithfully with his or her care receiver, for about one hour each week, for as long as there is need.
  • A person who adheres to very clear guidelines on confidentiality.

How Do You Become A Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Leader or staff member can provide you with the information you need to get started. The process includes an application, a brief interview, and 50 hours of interactive training. Contact the Stephen Leader Training Coordinator at 734-662-4466, ext 388, for more information.

Can A Stephen Minister Help You?

Could you benefit from confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister? If you or someone you care about is interested, please contact us by calling a pastor or Stephen Leader, calling the Stephen Ministry private voice mailbox at 662-4466. ext. 388, or emailing the Referrals Coordinator at sministry@firstpresbyterian.org.

When Is It Not Appropriate to Use A Stephen Minister?

  • People coping with emotional and physical burdens may be in need of professional care.
  • Stephen ministers are not therapists. Care receivers under the care of a mental health professional must receive permission of that professional in order to be assigned a Stephen Minister.
  • Stephen Ministers do not run errands or provide meals. They are not problem solvers, but focus on a ministry of listening, help, and giving support.
  • Stephen Ministers are not service providers. They are care givers, not cure givers.