What is Stephen Ministry?
In the book of Acts, chapter 6, Stephen was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. Since the time of the Apostles, caring ministry has been considered a hallmark of the Christian faith community.
Stephen Ministry helps the local body of Christ care for one another. Stephen Ministry provides quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. A Stephen Minister is a person who has been trained to walk alongside and provide one-to-one care to hurting people.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we are going through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.
Would you or someone you know benefit from receiving care from a Stephen Minister?
If you are wondering whether receiving care from a Stephen Minister would be a good fit for you please contact the church office and let them know that you would like more information about Stephen Ministry. 604.922.0911
Hazel Boyd (Pastoral Care) will contact you and let you know more about how a Stephen Minister can help.
Stephen Minister Training – WVBC Stephen Ministry runs training every second year
Over the course of weekly meetings, lay congregants are given 50 hours of training in a supportive group context where they will learn and strengthen their care-giving skills. After training is completed, Stephen Ministers are commissioned. They attend regular peer supervision and continuing education for as long as they serve in this capacity.
Trained Stephen Ministers recognize how much their new skills and understandings are life skills and will continue to bless all relationships they are involved in, whether formally through Stephen Ministry, or in their own personal lives. Many of those individuals who have been responding to others through their gifts of compassion and mercy find that Stephen Ministry training has provided them with the ability to serve with more wholesome and understanding and healthy boundaries that help them be more effective as they care.
If you have further questions regarding the training please contact Hazel Boyd, Ken Davis, Jane Sidjak or Joanna Roork.