Everyone goes through tough times at some point in life - a death in the family, prolonged illness, divorce, unemployment. Even less traumatic events, such as a move or other significant life transitions can trigger the need for someone to come alongside and walk with you through the difficulty. A Stephen Minister is trained to do just that - to walk with someone going through a difficult time. UPC has Stephen Ministers who are trained to provide effective Christian care to others.
Stephen Ministry provides:
- One-on-one (man-to-man or woman-to-woman) care for individuals in need, for as long as needed. Caregivers and care receivers normally meet once a week for about an hour.
- Confidential, wholistic care. Stephen Ministry is not meant to take the place of Christian professional care such as counseling or pastoral care.
- A Stephen Minister may recommend other church or community resources that would be of assistance during the period of need.
- Supervision and continuing education so caregivers are well-equipped and supported and able to provide the best care for their care receivers.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from the ministry of a Stephen Minister:
- Elderly and lonely
- Terminally ill and their families
- In Job Crisis
- Disabled and their families
- Separated or Divorced
- Experiencing the birth/adoption of a child
- Experiencing a new season in your life: marriage, college, first-time parents, empty nesters, or retirement
Over the years, well over one-and-a-half million people have benefitted from the one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered care of a Stephen Minister. Click here to view a story.