The Stephen Ministry Program is a regular part of our pastoral care at the First Brethren Church.  It is designed to offer a caring, listening ear to any of us who feels such a need in our lives.  All of us, at one time or another, could use such a person.  While friends can provide some support, and pastors and other professionals can give assistance, there is still a gap that can be filled during times of stress by a helping relationship with a trained, loving volunteer.

Stephen ministers receive an initial 50 hours of training in topics and skills related to caring ministry. These topics include working with the hospitalized, the terminally ill, the bereaved, the disabled, those in a job crisis, families affected by alcohol or chemical dependency, the lonely, the depressed, the inactive, the shut-in and institutionalized, those in spiritual crisis, and more.

The Stephen ministers receive regular support and supervision for their ministries through pastoral staff and continuing education.  They are here to help you.  If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister, please call the church office or one of the leaders listed below.  They will contact you or the person in need to determine if a Stephen minister is appropriate for the situation.  All Stephen minister contacts are strictly confidential.

Leaders: Susan Bushong, 982-4256; and Trish Lauer, 982-7335