Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian, one-to-one, lay caring ministry.

Lay ministers called Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised to be a listening, supportive and confidential presence for individuals facing a variety of crises or life challenges—experiencing the Loss of a loved one, Hospitalization, Divorce or separation, Loneliness or discouragement, Spiritual crises, Unemployment or a job crisis, A terminal illness, Incarceration, Aging, Birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility, A chronic illness, Relocation, Recovery after accident.

Here’s a brief video about one individual's experience receiving care from a Stephen Minister:

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  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:29pm

    Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian, one-to-one, lay caring ministry.  Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised to be a listening, supportive and confidential presence for individuals facing a variety of crises or life challenges.  MPC’s Stephen Ministry will begin a training class for Stephen Ministers at the end of January.  If you are interested in applying to serve as a Stephen Minster, please download an application or pick up a paper copy in the church office.  For more information, please contact stephenministry@mediapresbyterian.org.

  • Friday, January 8, 2016 - 12:00pm

    January 31 - March 13 at 11:00 am in the Stephen Ministry Classroom

    Have you been faced with a situation in which a family member or friend is struggling and you don’t know what to say?

    In the Bible passage from James 1:19, James recommends that we also be listeners-quick to listen, slow to speak.  We are reminded that it is better to listen and enter into the other’s pain in order  to understand. Only then can we respond with genuine compassion.

    The heart of Stephen Ministry is “Christ Caring for People Through People”.  Being a good listener is the first step in this process.  Only after we have listened will we know  how to respond, when or if to respond, and what not to say.

    Join the Stephen Leaders for an eight week series , “Ministry of Presence - Practicing the Art of Listening and Supporting Others”.  This series is based on Stephen Ministry’s The Art of Listening and on the books, The Good Listener, and Don’t Sing Songs To A Heavy Heart.*  Listening skills and how to relate to those who are suffering are the skills that will be discusssed and practiced.

    Rebecca Bailey, Stephen Leader

    Your Stephen Leaders: Andrew Kalemkarian

                                     Susan Young

                                     Rev. Nikki Passante

                                     Becky Bailey

     *Purchase of books is not required

  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 10:44pm
    BEGINNING SUNDAY OCTOBER 11
    at both 8:15 and 9:15 am
    in the Stephen Ministry Room (back of Dale Hall)
     
    Discovering your spiritual gifts is an enriching experience, not only for you but also for those to whom you minister. Your gifts are a reflection of God’s creative power.  Using your gifts strengthens you spiritually and emotionally, which equips you to better serve others. The Stephen Ministry is offering “Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life:  Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts” during the 8:15 and 9:15 hours beginning October 11.

     
    Participants in Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life will . . .

    Deepen their relationship with God

    Understand and celebrate the spiritual gifts God has given them

    Understand God’s call for their lives and ministries

    Use their spiritual gifts to help meet the needs of others

    The cost is $20 and materials will be available in the office beginning October 5th.
    Please RSVP by 
    email.

  • Friday, June 5, 2015 - 1:00am

    Nothing is too large or too small to take to our Lord in prayer. MPC’s Stephen Ministry will begin a training class for Stephen Ministers this fall. Why not take this opportunity to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance about whether He is calling you to this new ministry? This may be just the ministry He has prepared for you.

    For more information, contact stephenministry@mediapresbyterian.org.

    Stephen Ministry: Christ Caring for People Through People