Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry has existed at NUMC since 2009. It is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting from divorce, terminal illness, unemployment, the stresses of care-giving to a family member or any other difficulty. Care givers receive 50 hours of training in pastoral skills such as active listening, and then continue with bi-weekly supervision with other Stephen Ministers in the church, led by a trained Stephen Leader. They also engage in continuing education.

We invite you to follow this link to the website of Stephen Ministries.
https://www.stephenministries.org

If you would like more information about the program at NUMC, please contact Pastor Lori Miller at lori.miller@nyac-umc.com

The PBS “Religion and Ethics” news show aired an eight-minute feature that vividly describes how Stephen Ministry is changing lives in thousands of congregations:

You can watch the video online on the PBS Web site: Direct Link

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