Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church

"The Light on the Hill"

Stephen Ministries:  Questions and Answers

 Why do we have a Stephen Ministry?

  • To expand Pastoral Care
  • We are ALL called to Care
  • Putting Spiritual Gifts to use
  • Reaching out with Christ’s Love
  • The are many Needs and Hurting people
  • This fulfills the Mission of our Church

 What is a Stephen Minister?

 A Stephen Minister is a person from the church congregation who is trained to listen, care, encourage, pray and walk alongside you during difficult times. 

 What areas are Stephen Ministers trained in?

  •  Listening skills
  • Dealing with feelings
  • Distinctive Christian care-giving
  • Process-oriented care-giving
  • Providing spiritual care
  • Christian assertiveness
  • Maintaining boundaries
  • Crisis theory & practice
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Participating in supervision while care-giving
  • How to use Mental Health Professionals & Other Resources
  • Ministering to grieving persons
  • Ministering to the dying, and their family
  • Caring for people before, during & after hospitalization
  • Caring when childbirth turns into crisis
  • Ministering to those experiencing separation or divorce
  • Helping suicidal persons or those experiencing depression get appropriate care
  • Approximately 30 hours of in-class training will take place to cover the areas listed above.

 Who will receive care from Stephen Ministers?

 People who experience:

  • Loss of loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • Spiritual Crises
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more …

 Is Stephen Ministries Confidential?

 Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry.  The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

 Who are Stephen Ministers?

 They are not:

  • A counselor or therapist
  • A problem solver
  • A casual visitor

They are:

  • Children of God who have the gifts for care-giving
  • Trained to provide emotional and spiritual care
  • People who faithfully meet with a care-receiver 1-2 hrs/week.
  • Listeners, supporters, encouragers and people of prayer

What do I do if I want to learn more or would like care from a Stephen Minister?

Please Email Cheryl Peterson or drop her a phone call at the Church Office (406-433-2209).  You can also learn more about Stephen Ministries at


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