If you need a short break from caregiving during the day or would enjoy a visit from someone, Stephen Ministries is a program in which trained volunteers can visit each week with someone in need of care or encouragement. Sherry White, a Stephen Ministry leader at Middletown Christian Church, shares how Stephen Ministries can make life’s transitions easier.
What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is a trained volunteer who walks the journey with those experiencing difficulties in their lives.
How do Stephen Ministers help?
Stephen Ministers are assigned a care receiver whom they visit for an hour and a half once a week. During visits, Stephen Ministers act as listening agents and supporters from an objective eye.
Are Stephen Ministers counselors?
Stephen Ministers are not counselors, but they are trained to make professional referrals when needed.
How can Stephen Ministers help a caregiver?
Stephen Ministers can give support to caregivers who feel overwhelmed and let them know that it is OK to have these feelings.