Did you know that White Memorial has been a Stephen Ministry church for over 30 years? You may not have been touched directly by this ministry, but to know that it is available, to understand what this ministry provides and to claim this identity as a congregation will equip us as a church to elevate and embrace our purpose as a Stephen Ministry Church. We, indeed, are all broken people in need of God's healing, comfort and grace. So that our members know more about this care-giving ministry and for those who need support in a time of crisis, we are expanding our identity and vision as a Stephen Ministry Church.
Stephen Ministry is…
• A Christian program sponsored by many denominations in the USA and around the world.
• A means of assisting the clergy and staff in the ongoing needs of their congregations.
• An effective way of nourishing the spiritual lives of church members as they seek to serve each other.
• A program of specific training and supervision through which God's love is conveyed in a variety of situations.
Stephen Ministers are…
• Caring Christians who offer support to others in need.
• Sharing Christians who bring their own personal witness to each helping relationship.
• Trained Christians who have developed their helping skills through intensive course work.
• Dedicated Christians who are commissioned by our church to provide confidential, in-depth caring.
How Does Stephen Ministry Work?
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay care givers, called Stephen Ministers, to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
There are three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers and care receivers.
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation by building awareness, recruiting and training Stephen Ministers, matching care receivers with Stephen Ministers and providing Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education. People learn to be Stephen Leaders by attending a one-week training course.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality one-to-one care to people going through tough times.
Care Receivers are people who receive one-on-one care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life. The relationship between a Stephen Minister and care receiver is confidential. Men are matched with men, and women with women.
To learn more about Stephen Ministry at White Memorial, contact Nancy Benninger.
Stephen Ministers are trained, confidential, supervised and compassionate. They are members of our congregation who listen, encourage, pray and walk alongside you during difficult times. Stephen Ministers are church friends who are ready to care for you. To receive the care of a WMPC Stephen Minister, contact any of the pastors.
Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised in their care-giving. Prior to enrolling in the 50-hour training program, a potential Stephen Minister must complete an application (see Forms, below) and an interview with the Stephen Ministry leadership team. Upon successful completion of these steps a candidate is enrolled in our church-sponsored Stephen Ministry training program. Caring individuals from within WMPC and the surrounding community participate in leading our training. Upon completion of the training, new Stephen Ministers are commissioned to serve and begin their two-year commitment to one-on-one caregiving. To explore becoming a WMPC Stephen Minister, contact anyone wearing a blue Stephen Ministry badge.
Stephen Ministry continuing education sessions are held year-round, usually on first and third Monday evenings. Continuing education is intended to support active Stephen Ministers in their caring activities, but there is much to learn for us all. These continuing education sessions can help all of us to sharpen our caring skills; and caring skills are useful in all life situations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this continuing education. Contact Heather Garrabrant to learn about upcoming continuing education topics.
Leadership Coordinator: Nancy Benninger
Links Coordinator: Dorothy Crowder
Supervision Coordinator: Debbie Day
Continuing Education Coordinator: Heather Garrabrant
Training coordinators: Carol Bilbro, Melinda Fox, and Steve Cadwallader
Publicity Coordinator: Joe Jordan
Staff: Cate Church Norman