Stephen Ministry

Stephen Leaders
Callie McMahon
Jerry Theriault


Stephen Ministers (as of April 2016)
Elaine Driscoll, Callie McMahon, Deb Mentch, Lynda Gianopoulis, Jerry Theriault.
Nancie Burns, Diane Franklin, Kris Harrington, Gerrie Hopkins, Robert Hopkins, Liz White

Description
A Christ-centered ministry that trains lay members for one-to-one ministry for those in crisis.   

Activities
This involves a 50 hour training course, followed by twice monthly supervision, monthly group continuing education, and meeting with care receiver 1 hour per week. Stephen's Ministry has also sponsored a Blue Christmas service, and a Military Support Group in conjunction with the Outreach Committee.

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Volunteer opportunities & job descriptions
   
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Stephen Leader
   
Purpose of Ministry:A Christ-centered ministry that trains caring lay members for one-to-one ministry for those in crises.
   
Objectives:
To interview, train, support and supervise Stephen Ministers as they provide for the needs of those who are hurting - by listening, showing up, showing God's love, and walking beside those in need.
   
Activities:
      *   Seek out and encourage possible Stephen Ministers
      *   Participate in the interview process
      *   Support/participate in the 50 hours of initial training sessions and in further continuing education. (May include teaching, arranging for speakers, listening, observing, praying, and encouraging)
      *   Attend supervision sessions and train facilitators to lead small supervision groups.
      *   Participate in various commissioning services
      *   Promote Stephen Ministry through word, print and action
      *   Actively aware of and seeking out possible care receivers
      *   Match new Care Receivers with the appropriate Stephen Ministers.
   
Related Gifts
Servanthood, nurturing leadership, encouragement and many of the following: helping, discernment, mercy, wisdom, knowing, faith, evangelism, apostleship, shepherding and generosity

Other Qualities:
      *   Able to supervise, offering constructive criticism
      *   Commitment to a spiritual discipline (prayer, bible studies)
      *   Able to respond to unscheduled meetings or "emergencies"
      *   Able to listen, trust in God, be dependable and organized
      *   Must be a member of the Milford United Methodist Church
      *   Strong administrative and organization skills are a plus

Reports to:
      *   Accountable to the other members of the Stephen Leadership Team
      *   Ultimately represent/report to the Milford United Methodist Church membership
   
Service Times:
      *   Regularly attend twice monthly supervision
      *   Attend Stephen Leadership meetings as schedule
      *   Be available to discuss issues or problems
      *   Participate in Stephen Minister training
      *   Available to promote Stephen Ministry in our church and the community.
   
Length of Service:
Long term commitment
   
Training/Orientation:
Must apply to the Stephen Leadership Team for the position and then complete a week long training session provided by Stephen Ministry, St. Louis before commissioned and beginning service
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Stephen Minister
   
Purpose of Ministry:
A Christ-centered ministry that trains caring lay members for one-to-one ministry for those in crises.
   
Objectives:
To provide for the needs of those who are hurting by listening, showing up, showing God's love, and by simply walking beside them.
   
Activities:
      *   After application, interview and acceptance to the program, completing a 50 hour training course
      *   Participating in twice monthly supervision
      *   Participating in monthly group continuing education
      *   When assigned, meet with care receiver for one hour per week, completing all associated records of each contact
   
Related GiftsServanthood, many of the following: helping, discernment, mercy, wisdom, knowing, faith, encouragement and generosity.
   
Other Qualities:
      *   Must be Christ-centered, a good listener, compassionate, trusts in God, be dependable, and organized
      *   Must be a member of the Milford United Methodist Church
   
Reports to:
      *   Assigned supervision group
      *   Works closely with the Stephen Leadership Team
   
Service Times:
When assigned, expectation is one hour per week with care receiver as well as the twice monthly supervision meetings.
   
Length of Service:Two year commitment after commissioning, renewable each year thereafter.
   
Training/Orientation:Must complete the application and mandatory 50 hours of training before being commissioned and becoming an active Stephen Minister

See our Committee Contact page for more information.