The “After People”
Frequently people will ask, “You’re involved in Stephen Ministry. What exactly does a Stephen Minister do?” We like to answer that Stephen Ministers are “After People.”
Stephen Ministers are there:
- after the divorce papers have been served and the bottom falls out of your life.
- after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away – and the house suddenly seems incredibly empty.
- after the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed possible.
- after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
- after you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck.
- after you’ve washed and returned the last casserole dish.
- after the relationship has ended but the wounds are still painful.
Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. We are ready to come alongside you – or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives – and provide comfort and support for as long “after” as we are needed. Confidentiality is integral to Stephen Ministry, and the names of care receivers are never disclosed.
Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised in their care-giving. Prior to enrolling in the 50-hour training program, a potential Stephen Minister completes an application and an interview with the Stephen Ministry leadership team. After training, new Stephen Ministers are commissioned to serve and begin their two-year commitment to one-on-one caregiving.
If you are interested in having a Stephen Minister or becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Associate Pastor Katelyn Gordon.