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Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one support and care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing transitions in their lives.

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one support and care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing transitions in their lives.

Emotional & Spiritual Care

Stephen Ministry at LOPCWe all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Some people find it hard to admit they need help, but in fact, realizing that one needs help is a sign of strength. Speaking with an objective person in complete confidence can be easier or more practical than sharing with a family member or friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty.

WHO NEEDS A STEPHEN MINISTER?

Anyone who needs help navigating life’s challenges:

  • illness or hospitalization
  • family or marital challenges
  • moving
  • death or serious loss
  • financial setbacks and job loss
  • faith issues
  • terminal illness
  • loneliness
  • aging
  • teen and youth concerns
  • separation or divorce
  • pregnancy or adoption
  • person with a disability and their families
  • low self esteem

 

A STEPHEN MINISTER:

  • Is a congregation member who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • Is a lay person who has received 80 hours training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • Meets with their care receiver for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
  • Listens, cares, prays, supports, encourages and walks beside a person who is hurting
  • Participates in mentorship meetings and continuing education

Stephen MINISTRY INTERVIEWS

Angie shares her story of what it meant to her to receive the support of a trained Stephen Minister.
Jerry shares his story of how he became a Stephen Minister and the important role it’s played in his life.

HOW DO I CONTACT A STEPHEN MINISTER?

Please contact the following individuals for additional information about the ministry or training to become a Stephen Minister.

  • Pastor Jaime Polson (925) 283-8722 x226
  • Shirley Moore (925) 324-6466

HOW DO I BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?

Stayed tuned for information regarding the next training program.