Six Stephen Ministers and one Stephen leader were recently commissioned at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark. Stephen Ministers are trained lay persons who provide one-to-one christian care to individuals facing a life crisis, death of a family member, job loss, divorce, long-term illness or aging issues.
Each Stephen Minister has completed 50 hours of training. This includes pre-class readings, in-class lectures, discussion and role playing. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. Those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private. Stephen Ministers will continue to receive continuing education and supervision support as they strive to offer the highest quality Christian care.
Stephen leaders also attend a fast-paced week long training course. The course work focuses on administration and supervision aspect of Stephen Ministry. Janet Marvin completed her leadership training in St. Louis along with participants from all parts of the United States and other countries.
The first class of Stephen Ministers at Christ the King Lutheran was commissioned in April 2011. At the present time, twelve Stephen Ministers spend about 108 hours per month caring for persons in crisis situations.