Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is…

  • A confidential outreach program in which trained volunteers provide emotional and spiritual support to parishioners challenged by a life difficulty.
  • a vehicle for linking parishioners with community resources.
  • a means of training parishioners to skillfully support one another.
  • an expression of God’s love that can turn crisis into opportunity.

Your Stephen Ministers…

  • have a heart for helping those in need.
  • express God’s love by caring for and serving others.
  • are ready to serve after completing an initial fifty hours of training in caring ministry skills.
  • are regularly supervised under the guidance of trained Stephen leaders.
  • meet with you regularly and dependably to offer Christian support.
  • are committed to preserving the CONFIDENTIAL nature of the caring relationship. Those receiving care can be sure that their identity and shared experiences will remain private.

Stephen Ministers…

  • serve for at least two years.
  • receive continuing education and skills building throughout their years of service.

Stephen Ministers support those…

  • struggling with depression or loneliness.
  • who are recently hospitalized.
  • individuals and families facing serious or terminal illness.
  • grieving due to a death or other loss.
  • experiencing a problem pregnancy, birth or adoption.
  • separated or divorced and their families.
  • facing a difficult life transition.
  • challenged by a job loss, business or financial crisis.
  • experiencing spiritual crisis.
  • needing the support of a caring Christian friend.
  • …and more.

Stephen Leaders are…

  • members of St. John Fisher Catholic Church who have completed the Stephen Series Leaders Training Course and are commissioned to lead the Stephen Ministry of our Parish.

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