Maybe the best way to learn about Stephen Ministry is to hear from those who have been served by it. Follow the following links to Care Receiver stories:
I Can Tell Him Anything
My Stephen Minister Is Truly a Gift
These stories share the importance of being listened to by someone who doesn’t judge or give advice, only listens – with a compassionate and supportive ear to whatever life offers, good and bad. In Stephen Ministry, we say the Stephen Ministers do the listening and Christ does the curing. This is the miracle, the power of Stephen Ministry.
Maybe you've lost a loved one, or your job, or someone you love is seriously ill --- whatever pains you, telling another loving person will help you get through the pain.
You don't have to go it alone when life challenges you…Just let them know of your need, and a Stephen Minister will be there.
Our Stephen Ministers Trainees go through 50 hours of training and receive distinctively Christian tools that help them be good listeners and supporters of those they minister.
How do I learn more or get involved?
Call Steve Sherwin at 773-343-8128.
What does this ministry/group do?
A one-to-one, gender-to-gender, confidential ministry that offers care, encouragement, and emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a crisis or transition, such as divorce, grief, illness, unemployment, relocation, or loneliness. Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers weekly and are a listening presence during this difficult time.
When do they meet/serve?
Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers face to face once a week for up to an hour.
Who is invited to participate?
What volunteer opportunities are there?
Becoming a trained Stephen Minister.
What is the time commitment?
Meet with a care receive for an hour each week and attend two meetings monthly with fellow Stephen Ministers.
What skills are required?
Being able to listen without judgment or providing advice. Having a relationship with God and a maturing faith life.
Is any training required? If so, what does that look like?
50 hours of training is required. Trainees meet once a week for 2 hours of training for 5 months.