Skilled and Compassionate Christian Listeners Available
If you have ever experienced difficult times in your life, you know how valuable it is to have a caring friend who can listen well, pray sincerely and guide compassionately. Such friends as these are available at Trinity UMC! Trinity participates in the internationally known Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministry has been a vital contribution to our community of faith for 10 years. Over 40 people have been trained as Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministers are not clergy, rather they are lay people who feel called by God to a ministry of compassion and have received training of at least 50 hours initially in listening, grief processes and discernment. Stephen Ministers believe that God is the One who works through caring Stephen relationships to bring healing. Stephen Ministers are available to meet weekly with adults who are experiencing problems such as:
- Terminal illness
- Single parenting
- Long-term hospitalization
- Job loss
- Natural disasters
- Family struggles
Stephen Ministry is a completely confidential service. If you receive care from a Stephen Minister, no one will know of this relationship other than your assigned Stephen Minister and the clergy person (Rev. Brian Jones) with whom you first speak. All of the contents of the conversations that you have with your Stephen Minister are completely confidential. We respect your privacy. If you feel that you might benefit from a relationship with a Stephen Minister, please speak with Rev. Brian Jones by phoning the church office at 488-0695.
Interested in Becoming a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers commit to at least two years for training, service and regular supervision. Many Stephen Ministers enjoy their ministry so much that they choose to serve beyond the two years.
While being a Stephen Minister requires commitment of time and effort, it also brings joy and fulfillment. You grow spiritually when you serve as a Stephen Minister! When God calls you to service, he also gives you the faith and the gifts you need to do his will. It may be one of the most rewarding challenges you will ever embrace. In addition, you will use the skills you learn not only in your caring ministry, but also in your everyday relationships with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Think and pray about this opportunity. If you decide you would like to be a Stephen Minister, please speak with Rev. Brian Jones 488-0685 or Gary Brand 488-0695.