The purpose of the Stephen Ministry of Mitchell’s First
Reformed Church is to provide one on one care to those people in our congregation
and community who are going through difficult times with a staff of lay
ministers who have undergone a minimum of 50 hours of training.
We strive to fulfill the law of Christ in serving the people of our area
with personal, spiritual, and emotional support during their difficult
times. Briefly stated our purpose is bringing God’s healing love
to people in need.
Who we are
We are local team affiliated with Stephen Ministry of St. Louis,
a worldwide network committed to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered
care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss,
loneliness, disability, relocation, and other of life’s difficulties.
Should you wish to find out more about Stephen Ministry of St. Louis,
please click on this link www.stephenministries.org.
Our team is made up of lay people from our congregation who have been
trained as ministers and leaders in Stephen Ministry.
Each of the members of the leadership team has undergone a minimum
of 50 hours of training by the Stephen Ministry of St. Louis group to
be qualified to lead the local ministry. Each of the Stephen Minister
team has undergone a minimum of 50 hours of training to give them insights
into Christ-centered care, confidentiality, listening skills, and relationship
After the initial 50 hours of training each minister agrees to participate
in additional training, support and supervision. A continuing education
class is currently being held the second Tuesday of each month.
In addition to our Stephen Ministers we have incorporated a group
of individuals who have gifts of pastoring, hospitality, intercession
and mercy to help support the needs of our congregation. These volunteers
are committed to serving the needs of our congregation, but haven’t
completed the intensive training of a Stephen Minister.
Our Stephen Ministry is dependent on you. If you know of someone going
through a difficult time, for whatever reason, please contact us to allow
us to help you through the referral process. You may do so by the following
link, or by contacting one of our pastors.
If this ministry attracts you as it has attracted us, and you
would like to know more or are interested in becoming a part of our care
team or Stephen Minister team, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.