During the commissioning service for Stephen Ministers our congregation agrees to be supportive of the Stephen Ministry. A few ways to be supportive are given at that time.
Brainerd United Methodist’s Stephen Ministry team is committed to be funded financially by the team itself. Doing so permits the team to move ahead without delays that may be caused by awaiting budget approval. In return the congregation is asked to be supportive through prayer and maintaining a general awareness that our church is a Stephen Ministry congregation. This involves having an understanding of its capabilities as well as its limitations.
Since the care giver/care receiver relationship is confidential, praying for both the Stephen Minister and the care receiver is always done in a general manner without the knowledge of names as our Lord already knows each need.
If you know someone who is going through one of life’s typical crises or are personally involved in one, please consider seeking the support of a Stephen Minister.
Any church member may take advantage of the training to become a Stephen Minister. It is even possible to have the training as part of personal spiritual development without actually taking on the responsibility of accepting a care receiver. Many have had the training, and have been blessed by its use in practical Christian life situations.
The skills learned bring opportunity to apply our Christian faith to real life situations. Much of what is taught is a tool for relationship building that can be an asset to any personal resumé. Class members form friendship bonds with other class members as well.
It has been said that many of the lessons are basic common sense. However, although that is true, as the result of human nature many Christians never use these skills because they have not had the opportunity to practice using them.