What Is Stephen Ministry?
Some members of our congregation have been trained to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. These are times when you could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. Your Stephen Minister is there to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when you are facing a crisis or difficulty with things like...
- loss of a loved one
- divorce or separation
- loneliness or discouragement
- spiritual crisis
- unemployment or a job crisis
- a terminal illness
- a chronic illness
- birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
- recovery after an accident or disaster
How do I get connected to a Stephen Minister?
If you or someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister please contact the Union Church Office at 781-3013. A Stephen Leader will contact you to match you with a Stephen Minister. All Stephen Ministry relationships are paired women to women, and men to men.
How do I become a Stephen Minister?
Each applicant is carefully selected when they express an interest in becoming a Stephen Minister. Training classes are held approximately two hours each week for six months (50 hours) to instruct you in distinctively Christian caregiving skills. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister please contact the church office at 781-3013 and a Stephen Leader will get in touch with you.
Stephen Ministries St. Louis supports our congregation’s Stephen Ministry. It is a not-for-profit Christian educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregations and organizations worldwide.
Log on to www.stephenministries.org for more information and ministry news.
The GRIEFSHARE Program
This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them.
Each of the 13 weekly sessions is self-contained, so you are welcome to begin attending at any point.
Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. All too often, people including Christians tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program.
Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member, or friend. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.
Note: More information on current Griefshare program topics is posted frequently on our NEWS page. Additional information is also available at www.griefshare.org.