Stephen Ministry training combines sound theological principles with contemporary psychology. The training is top-notch. The skills our Stephen Ministers will learn and practice will prepare them to provide a very high level of Christian care-giving. The training is intense because it explores some serious life issues, but it is also a growth-producing and enjoyable experience.
The 50 hours of Stephen Ministry training is broken down into twenty 2 ½-hour sessions that will be held at the church on Tuesday evenings plus two weekend “retreats.”
Among the training topics are:
- Feelings: Your, Mine, and Ours
- The Art of Listening
- Distinctively Christian Caring
- Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly
- Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving
- Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief
- Caring for People Before, During, and After Hospitalization
One Stephen Minister in another congregation said, “Before becoming a Stephen Leader, I went through the Stephen Minister training myself. I expected to learn a lot about care-giving, but I didn’t anticipate the personal and spiritual growth I experienced. Looking back, perhaps what I enjoyed the most was the close Christian community formed with everyone in our training class.” It sounds like our nine trainees are in for a really life-changing experience.
Members of this new training class are:
- Don Brunts
- Don Blanding
- Kristi Ribble
- Shelley Waugh
- Leslie Shaull
- Valerie Payne
- Kevin Treese
- Melissa Truel
- Sharon Fairless
More than half a million people have gone through Stephen Ministry training in more than 10,000 churches world-wide since the ministry began in 1975.