Stephen Ministry Training Class to Begin in September

    Home - Connect - Ministries - Adult Ministries - Congregational Care - Stephen Ministry - News - Stephen Ministry Training Class to Begin in September We are seeking men and women willing to answer Jesus’ call to serve as Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministry has been a core part of this church for over 30 years. This fall, we will offer the 50 hours of stimulating and useful training in Christian caring skills. It will begin in September, led by trained Stephen Leaders, and will include a variety of topics such as listening, Christian assertiveness, maintaining boundaries in caregiving, and grief. The training focuses on God as the one who cures as we care.

    When Stephen Ministers have completed their training, they will be commissioned and ready to begin their ministry. Working under supervision, these Stephen Ministers will be available to meet one-on-one with people
    experiencing such problems as bereavement, illness and loss. Stephen Ministers commit to at least two years for
    training, service and regular supervision. Many Stephen Ministers enjoy their ministry so much that they choose to serve beyond those two years.

    While being a Stephen Minister requires commitment of time and effort, it also brings joy and fulfillment. It may be one of the most rewarding challenges you will ever embrace. In addition, you will use the skills you learn not
    only in your caring ministry, but also in your everyday relationships with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

    Please think and pray about this opportunity. Classes run weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm. We do not yet have a confirmed scheduled, but some of our training may also take place on one or two Saturdays so we can get in more hours. We usually break for a few months in the winter for those who go away during that period.

    If you feel you would like to pursue this ministry, or if you have any questions, please contact the church at
    440.247.6490 and speak to either Rev. Susi Kawolics (x310), or Darlene Nichols (x123). You can also email or

    We are excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of those who undertake this ministry, and in the lives of those who will receive care.