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Stephen Ministry
Leader: Carol Foxworthy, Rev. Charlie Wilfong

PUMC's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in the congregation and community who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.

To receive the care of a Stephen Minister or to learn more about being trained as a Stephen Minister, please contact Stephen Ministry Leader Carol Foxworthy through the church office at 317.839.2319 or at stephenministry@pumc.org.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Stephen Ministry:

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is...
• a one-to-one ministry by trained and caring lay persons to those hurting.
• a confidential, long-term helping relationship focusing on the unique needs of each person who is in need of help.
• a commitment to care and support one another, to build a Christ-centered, sharing community.
• a response to Christ's instruction to, "love one another as I have loved you."
• a religious and educational system of training and organization, which is working in over 9,000 congregations throughout the world.
• a ministry named after Stephen, the first deacon in the early church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the community's needs.
• a meaningful way for persons to more fully use their talents in sharing one another's burdens and joys.
• a significant, hands-on Christian witness providing the opportunity to make a real difference in another person's life.

A Stephen Minister is...
• a lay person, man or woman, who through training learns and develops his/her gifts for bringing Christ's healing love to people who are lonely, grieving, depressed, ill, or experiencing other stresses in life.
• a caring Christian - desiring to offer his/her support to others in time of need.
• a sharing Christian - bringing who he/she is to each helping relationship as a partner in another's life experiences.
• a person who wishes to reach out in support of the spiritual, social and emotional needs of our Church community.
• someone with a concerned attitude, caring heart, and willingness to learn (one needn't be a Biblical scholar or "super Christian" to be an effective Stephen Minister).
• a trained Christian - having developed his/her helping skills and level of self-confidence through intensive course work.

A Stephen Minister is not...
• a professional counselor, therapist, or psychologist.
• a social worker.
• an expert in law, finance, church doctrine, etc.
• a brief, superficial visitor just "touching base" now and then.
• a household helper.
• a source of financial assistance.

What kinds of needs does Stephen Ministry address?
Stephen Ministry addresses the needs of people who are...
• hospitalized.
• grieving the loss of a loved one.
• lonely.
• depressed.
• separated or in the process of divorce.
• dying, as well as the families of those seriously ill.
• experiencing job loss or financial setback.
• burdened with the daily care of another person.
• struggling with their faith.

How does Stephen Ministry work at PUMC?
A professional training program, led by PUMC Stephen Leaders, prepares interested men and women to become Stephen Ministers, equipping them to care for the many needs in the congregation. The 50 hours of training include topics such as feelings, assertiveness, crisis theory and intervention, use of prayer and the Bible, listening, confidentiality, and specialized needs (e.g., grief, divorce, depression, etc.).

Following training, Stephen Ministers are commissioned by the Church into active, caring ministry for a period of two years. They are assigned to work confidentially with a person who has requested the service (through pastors or Stephen Leaders). Stephen Ministers meet at least weekly with the person to whom they've been assigned, until the need subsides. Stephen Ministers work in consultation with clergy and receive regular, ongoing assistance and education in the helping ministry.

PUMC Stephen Ministry Contact Information
If you are interested in knowing more about the PUMC Stephen Ministry program, if you feel called to serve in this ministry as a caregiver, or if you would like  someone to ‘walk with you’ during a trying time in your life, please call the church office at 317.839.2319 or email stephenministry@pumc.org.

Stephen Minister Training Information
Since the beginning of Stephen Ministry at PUMC in 2000, we have seen the great value of this lay caring ministry. Please give serious consideration to this question: "Would my gifts and talents be put to good use as a Stephen Minister?" If you're interested in this caring ministry contact at the church office at 317.839.2319 or the email stephenministry@pumc.org.

The entire congregation benefits from Stephen Ministry!
• The congregation has a new and lasting lay commitment to caring.
• We have grown in warmth and love. Caring is contagious. People are being helped!
• Those who have chosen to receive this caring and support have experienced an increased closeness and involvement with the congregation.
• Stephen Ministers themselves have experienced much personal growth and enrichment in their own lives.
• The efforts of the Stephen Ministers augment and support the work of the pastors and professional staff.

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