Stephen Ministry

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Confidential and Christian
Stephen Ministers are lay members of our Parish who are specially trained to listen and provide confidential support and encouragement to other members of the Parish.  Stephen Ministry is distinctively Christian care giving for people going through difficult times or who are other wise in need of support in their lives.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry:  The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. Do you need someone to listen, pray and stand beside you as you get through a challenging time? Stephen Ministers can be there for you.

Stephen Minister Training
Our next training series (50 hours) begins on a Thursday evening in October 2015. This is a wonderful ecumenical training experience. Complete this APPLICATION by October 2017, or contact Scott Wright at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 821-2121.

Ministers Provide a Variety of Care Options

  • Crisis Care: new immediate issue
  • Preventative Care: prior to anticipated event
  • Supportive Care: for a friend caring for a loved one
  • Follow-Up Care: after shocks, continued recovery
  • Chronic Care: terminal, never ends

Testimonials from two Stephen Ministry Care Receivers

“…  I have been meeting with my volunteer Stephen Minister once a week and we talk about any number of things. My Stephen Minister listens to me with great patience, always encouraging me to talk and the talking helps me process my feelings. I enjoy the spiritual support in my life.”  - male Stephen Care Receiver

“I remember sitting in the Parish Office for a few minutes, discussing the Stephen Ministry. How could I have known that it would enrich my life so greatly. Thank you for sending me my Stephen Minister. Over this past year she has been fantastic. She was the right person at the right time. Thank you.”  - female Stephen Care Receiver

Would you like to have a Stephen Minister?
Contact Scott Wright to discuss how a Stephen Minister can help you as you get through a challenging time at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 821-2121.

Would you like to be a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are lay members of our Parish who are specially trained to listen and provide confidential support and encouragement to other members of the Parish.  Begin by completing the Stephen Ministry Application, or contact Scott Wright at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 821-2121.

Join us for one of the Stephen Ministry Training Sessions
If you want to attend a session, an RSVP to Scott Wright at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 821-2121 is requested.

Session Module Session Module
1 The Person of the Caregiver 11 Telecare: The Next Best Thing to Being There
2 Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours 12 Using Mental Health Professionals and
Other Community Resources
3 The Art of Listening 13 Ministering to those Experiencing Grief
4 Distinctively Christian Caring - Part 1 14 Dealing with Depression:
The Stephen Minister's Role
5 Distinctively Christian Caring - Part 2 15 Helping Suicidal Persons Get the
Help They Need
6 Process versus Results in Care Giving 16 Bringing the Caring Relationship to a Close
7 Assertiveness:
Relating Gently and Firmly - Part 1
17 Supervision:
A Key to Quality Christian Care - Part 1
8 Assertiveness:
Relating Gently and Firmly - Part 2
18 Supervision:
A Key to Quality Christian Care - Part 2
9 Maintaining Boundaries in Care Giving, and Crisis Theory and Practice: Danger versus Opportunity 19 How to Make a First Caring Visit
10 Confidentiality 20 Follow Me

Forms and Resources
Stephen Ministry Application-  Online  or  PDF

Training Class Topics

Meet our Leaders & Ministers

Prayer Requests

Links to Mental Health, Recovery & Grief Support along with other essential human services

Stephen Ministries - Central Office in St. Louis, MO

Leadership Links

See links to Forms for Supervision & Interviews at the bottom of our page called "Meet our Leaders & Ministers"