Stephen Ministries

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STEPHEN MINISTRY

Stephen Ministers are lay members of our congregation with gifts for caregiving who are carefully selected to serve in this role.  In addition, they receive 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care.  The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private, except on those rare occasions, such as suicide, homicide, or abuse, when confidential information must be shared in order to save a life. Stephen Ministers meet regularly in small groups to give and receive peer supervision, which is necessary to help them provide quality care and grow as caregivers.

Stephen Ministers are there:

...after you’ve washed and returned the last casserole dish

...after the divorce papers have been served and the bottom falls out of your life

...after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems incredibly empty

...after you arrive home following the funeral service and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you

...after the relationship has ended but the wounds are still bleeding and painful

...after the doctors have said, “There’s nothing more we can do”

...after the door has slammed shut—for the very last time

...after the phone call you had always hoped you would never get

...after you realize retirement might not be so great afterall

...after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home”

...after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away

...after the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed

...after you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck

...after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out

And many more!

Stephen Ministers are the “After People.”  We are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long “after” as we are needed.

If you believe you could benefit from the support of a Stephen Minister, please call the church office at 602.866.9191 and ask to speak to our Referral Coordinator, Carole Becker. Or email her at: cbecker@allsaintsphoenix.org. She will be happy to talk with you!

If you would like to hear more directly from Stephen Ministers about what they do, click on this link: www.stephenministries.org/SM.

TOP TEN REASONS TO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER

Reason #10:  You will learn to turn danger into opportunity.

Reason #9: Stephen Ministers have become skilled in many areas of effective caregiving and have learned how to manage specific challenges.

Reason #8: Stephen Ministers experience the joy of fellowship with one another!

Reason #7: Stephen Ministers learn the skill of active listening in order to attain true understanding and empathy.

Reason #6: Stephen Ministers are assertive caregivers who “speak the truth in love.”

Reason #5: Stephen Ministers are caregivers, not curegivers.

Reason #4: Stephen Ministers feel needed (because they are!).

Reason #3: Stephen Ministry skills apply in other relationships. Imagine how a workplace could be transformed by a single person who has learned to listen without judgment!

Reason #2: Stephen Ministry is a life-changing experience.

Reason #1: Jesus commanded it!  Stephen Ministers answer the call of Jesus to “bear one another’s burdens.”

If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  Watch this website, the Parish Press and Saints Alive, our monthly newsletter for upcoming training dates.

If you would like to see some brief videos of care receivers telling how they experienced God's love through Stephen Ministry, click on this link: www.stephenministries.org/stories.

You must be a member of All Saints and you will need to complete a Stephen Minister Application. You will then turn in your application to Pastor Dan or Carole Becker in the church office and be interviewed by our congregation’s Stephen Leaders before being accepted for training.

If you would like to know more about Stephen Ministry, feel free to speak with any of our current Stephen Ministers:

Alicia Martinez, Marty Olds, Pat Thoene, Bob Richardson

Diane Cole,  Diane Johnson,  Marlene Olsen,  Diane Lensch,  Karen Shaver   

Sue Frome,  Bonnie Lokken,  Flo Cade,  Scott Hagen,  Duane Loranger

Shirley Barr,  John Bowling,  Brittany Ehrick,  Pat Johnson,  Dawn Katek,  Gerhard Schroeder

Barb Kapla,  Marilyn Kinne,  Doug Larsen,  Bob Lauck,  Joe Schwartz,  Diane Welch,  Nancy Zismann

Carole Becker