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.

Confidential Telephone Number
310-541-1403

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