Broomfield United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you have been considering becoming a Stephen Minister, God is holding a spot for you! Realizing we must proceed in “God’s Time”, we have postponed our next Training Class until early next year.  

Stephen Ministers commit to serve faithfully for a period of two years.  This includes:

            - the initial 50 hours of training;

            - regular visits to your care receiver (usually weekly); and

            - twice-monthly Small Group Peer Supervision meetings.

 Our Stephen Ministry Training Class meets from 6:30-9pm on Mondays and from 8:30am-noon on one Saturday. You can see videos about the program and the difference it has made in people's lives at: www.stephenministries.org.        

For more information, contact: Bill Pelham - Training Coordinator at (303) 466-5996 - williampelham@msn.com or Pastor Thomas Cross - (720) 880-5221 at thomas.cross@broomfieldumc.org

 We are praying that God will lead us to find the right people for this ministry. God is waiting to work through YOU to make a difference in hurting people’s lives. 

 Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. Trainees will receive 50 hours of specialized training in Christian caregiving and join a team of 22 active Stephen Ministers serving our community to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a crisis. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for around an hour to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for the person. Caring relationships last for as long as the person’s need persists. 

 

Click here for the Stephen Minister Job Description.

Click here for the 25 Stephen Minister Training Topics.

 
 
Encourage one another and build each other up.  1 Thessalonians 5:11

 
Stephen Ministers are trained volunteers who work alongside our pastors to offer emotional and spiritual support to people during such times as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or loneliness. Anyone can request a Stephen Minister at any time, simply by calling the church office (303-466-1719) to arrange for a confidential interview.
 
Stephen Ministry
Featured on PBS!


This video was featured April 9, 2010 on the Religion & Ethics PBS broadcast and website at www.pbs.org. Click here for more information.  



Click here to read an interview with Dr. John Ortberg, pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a Stephen Ministry congregation


 

A Stephen Minister is:

  • A child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • A caring Christian who really listens
  • Someone who has had 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care
  • A committed person who is ready to focus on another person’s needs
  • A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything he or she hears confidential
  • A faithful person who meets with a Care Receiver for as long as the need persists
  • A caregiver who is cared for by peers in twice-monthly Supervision meetings
A Stephen Minister is NOT:
  • A counselor or therapist
  • A problem-solver
  • Someone who runs errands or helps with chores
  • A casual visitor
Ministry Opportunities: Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training to prepare them to employ the tools of faith. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement and listening, and you think you might be interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the church for more information, or visit the Stephen Ministries website to learn more.
   
Click here for the Top Ten Reasons YOU should consider becoming a Stephen Minister!