Stephen Ministry our newest lay pastoral care program, provides training and supervised support for lay care-givers working one-on-one with care receivers in the congregation and the community.
Contact Rev. Arnold Bethune for more information.
The Core Values of Stephen Ministries are:
- Incarnational theology
- Ministry as the privilege and responsibility of all God's people
- Empowering those we serve to get excellent results
- Personal humility
- Organizational stability
- Positive work environment
Our Stephen Ministers are trained to care for other, covering such areas as how to listen effectively, how to deal with feeling, how to use traditional Christian resources in caring, how to maintain confidentiality, how to deal with those experiencing crisis and many other areas of concern.
This may involve the loss of a loved one, unemployment, relationship problems, depression, isolation or any number of other situations.
All of our Stephen Ministers have completed the Stephen Ministries training programme, based in St. Louis, Missouri, and offered here at Knox by our team of well-qualified Stephen Leaders. Following their training, Stephen Ministers make a substantial commitment to their ministry, agreeing to meet with their care receivers on a regular basis and to attend bi-weekly meetings which provide them with opportunities for continuing education and supervision.
A Stephen Minister can provide a listening ear, referrals to community resources and emotional and spiritual support in a confidential and caring atmosphere. They are there to accompany their care receivers through times of trouble and distress. Through Stephen Ministry, care receivers can receive on-going care and support and experience God’s love through our congregation’s Stephen Ministers. Please take some time to find out more about Stephen Ministry. If you are interested in becoming involved in this ministry or think that you or someone that you know might benefit from having a Stephen Minister, please contact any member of the pastoral staff or our Stephen Ministry Co-ordinator, Rev. Dr. Arnold Bethune.