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STEPHEN MINISTRY

Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian caring ministry in which clergy and laity work together to provide quality one-to-one care to meet the needs of people experiencing a wide range of life circumstances or crisis, such as loss of a loved one, illness, divorce or business difficulties. This unique one-on-one ministry is a loving commitment to care for and support one another in the Body of Christ.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained to offer high-quality individual Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Additionally, twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Confidentiality is the sacred watchword of all Stephen Ministry caring. The Care Giver never reveals with whom s/he is meeting or why s/he is needed. Any pastor can assist a member in making the supportive connection with a Stephen Minister.

For any member of Ladue Chapel, a listening, caring friend is always available and as near as the telephone.

For more information about Stephen Ministry or how to become a Stephen Minister, contact the church office at 314-993-4771.  For a confidential contact, call Rev. Anastassia Sharpe at 314-993-4771 ext. 3123; or Stephen Leaders Vivian Swain at 314-576-5427; Carolyn Birge at 314-997-2529; Jo Dyroff at 314-576-7426; Edmond Kopetz at 314-918-5050; or Jan Miller at 314-945-0204.

Information also available at the Stephen Ministry Home Office, https://www.stephenministries.org/default.cfm

Stephen Ministers Care

Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with the confidential, one-to-one Christian care you need to make it through a crisis or help you through a difficult time.

Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are:

  • Grieving the death of a loved one or other significant loss
  • Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization
  • Dying
  • Lonely or discouraged
  • Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness
  • Unemployed or in a job crisis
  • Disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member
  • Moving or relocating
  • New to the congregation or the community
  • Anticipating the birth or adoption of a child
  • Homebound or institutionalized
  • Transitioning into retirement
  • Dealing with the crisis of aging
  • Facing a life transition
  • Experiencing a spiritual crisis
  • Victims of a disaster or accident

And for people facing countless other crises or life challenges or who are going through a difficult time and could benefit from the care of a supportive Christian friend.

What Is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is:

  • A child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
  • A caring Christian who really listens;
  • A member of our congregation who has received 50 hours of training (plus continuing education) in how to provide distinctively Christian care;
  • A person who is ready to focus on your needs;
  • A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say—and even your identity—confidential; and
  • Someone who will visit you in the hospital or nursing home;
  • Someone who will faithfully meet with you on a weekly basis for as long as your need persists.

A Stephen Minister is NOT:

  • A counselor or therapist;
  • A problem-solver;
  • Someone who runs errands or helps with chores; or
  • A casual visitor.

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church 2019 Stephen Minister Training Schedule

Training is scheduled to begin Feb. 23, 2019, and conclude June 1, 2019.

Applications can be obtained in the Church office and are due by January 8, 2109.

Online resources available to assist Stephen Ministers and their care receivers:

Books and Study Materials:

Stephen Ministry Training Manuals

Christian Caregiving:  A Way of Life

Speaking the Truth in Love

When and How to Use Mental Health Resources

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart

Confidentiality is the sacred watchword of all Stephen Ministry caring. The Care Giver never reveals with whom s/he is meeting or why s/he is needed. Any pastor can assist a member in making the supportive connection with a Stephen Minister.

For any member of Ladue Chapel, a listening, caring friend is always available and as near as the telephone.

For more information about Stephen Ministry or how to become a Stephen Minister, contact the church office at 314-993-4771.