STEPHEN MINISTRY


It [love] has hands to help others; It has feet to hasten to the sick and needy; It has eyes to see suffering and want; And it has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men, women, and children.
— St. Augustine
 

ABOUT THE STEPHEN MINISTRY

In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. The Stephen Series is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around your congregation.

 Dr. Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist  founded the Stephen Ministries organization and developed the Stephen Series, which now has been implemented in more than 10,000 congregations representing more than 150 Christian denominations. More than 500,000 laypersons have been trained as Stephen Ministers, who in turn have ministered to more than a million care receivers.

Fair View UMC is a Stephen Ministry congregation. This is a confidential, lay-caring ministry. Stephen Ministers are identified by their blue name badges and are available before and after worship in the narthex. We have 9 active Stephen Ministers, and 4 Stephen Leaders including our Pastor.

If you or someone you know needs a Stephen Minister please contact Glenda Dingler{704-663-7674} or call the church office 704-664-2880 and ask how you can get involved.

Stephen Ministry was developed to help pastors with people in the church and community that are struggling through changes in their lives or experiencing grief.    We all know that it takes time, in some cases a long time for people to get through certain situations.    Stephen Ministers are persons that have felt the call to be God’s servants in a unique way.    You have to go through about 3 months of special training, and be dedicated in attending twice a month meetings called supervision.    You meet with your care receiver at least once a week, and more if needed.  

You are on call 24/7 to meet the needs of the person you are caring for. Fair View has 18 Stephen Ministers, and all of them feel blessed to be a part of this ministry.    Everything we do is confidential.    We allow our care receiver to speak freely about what ever is on their mind, no matter how good or bad it might seem.    We do not judge, and insure confidentiality. We also work in the community or help people in other churches that do not have Stephen Ministers.

Since 1975, the Stephen Ministries organization, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has helped more than 11,000 congregations implement Stephen Ministry. These congregations represent more than 150 denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries.

Here's what Stephen Ministers frequently say that about their training:

  • "Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others."
  • "You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting."
  • "You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life."
  • "You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered care giver."
  • "You feel a special bond with those in your class--experiencing real Christian community."
  • "Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!"
 

TEAM COORDINATOR

Kia Whittlesey     (704.999.1477) 

Dr. Susan Harrison (704.664.2880).

STEPHEN MINISTERS

Debbie King

Tammy Glaze

Brenda Harvey

Jean Newman

Mack King

Janet Polykronis

Camille Bass

Kelly Modola

Joe Savovic

DeRay Cole

Michael Burgess