Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers

We welcome you in availing yourself of Westminster’s Stephen Ministry. If you or someone you know is navigating a difficult time, perhaps a Stephen Minister can help walk down that road.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministers are Christian lay people who have received training to provide one-to-one care to those going through a difficult time. Stephen Ministers are not professional health care counselors or therapists, and are not able to assist with other needs such as transportation, household chore or personal care.

How does the ministry work? Once a person in need (care receiver) is identified, he or she is paired with a Stephen Minister. The Stephen Minister will meet weekly with care receiver to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care. The relationship is strictly confidential.

In which situations do Stephen Ministers provide care? Although not a complete list, these are examples of appropriate situations for a Stephen Minister:

  • grief
  • long term care
  • loss of home
  • divorce
  • chronic illness
  • terminal illness
  • job loss
  • spiritual crisis

If you or someone you know may benefit from a Stephen Minister please contact our director of Stephen Ministries, Margaret Compton.

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