How UBC Stephen Ministry works
UBC Stephen Leaders
Union Baptist Church Stephen Leaders are the pastors, other church staff members, and lay leaders who are equipped to direct Stephen Ministry in our congregation. UBC Stephen Leaders have gifts and skills in areas such as leadership, teaching, and organizing people, along with a heart for caring ministry.
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation. We build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community.
We recruit and train Stephen Ministers
We meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs.
We match care receivers with Stephen Ministers and provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education.
UBC Stephen Ministers
UBC Stephen Ministers are Union Baptist Church congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times.
A UBC Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.
Twice a month, UBC Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
UBC Stephen Ministers provide care for Union Baptist Church members as well as people in the broader community, This enhances and expands our a congregation’s outreach in a powerful way.
UBC Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a UBC Stephen Minister. Care receivers are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
Men are matched with men; women with women.
When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a UBC Stephen Minister can provide, the UBC Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.
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