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Stephen Ministry

Mission/Vision:  Trained men and women providing distinctively Christ-centered, confidential care for those who are hurting or in need of Jesus' loving kindness.

Stephen Ministers are available to assist individuals and families going through times of crisis or transition.  They assist both congregational members and non-members.

The care given by Stephen Ministers is centered around listening to the needs of the individual.  Often people in a life challenging situation become overwhelmed by an event and are unable to focus on their inner selves.  Having an opportunity to talk with a Stephen Minister in a safe, trusting environment sometimes helps a person verbalize thoughts and feelings and to be open to spiritual healing.

Stephen Ministers have gone through an intensive training program designed to equip them for distinctively Christian, one-on-one, caregiving.  Stephen Ministers are trained in a variety of areas including the art of listening, sensing others' feelings, compassionate assertiveness, maintaining confidentiality, crisis theory and intervention, effective telephone care, praying with people and finding help in the Bible.  Stephen Ministers are taught to recognize needs requiring professional help and to refer an individual to appropriate counselors, physicians or community agencies.  Stephen Ministers are not counselors, so they typically do not work in situations that require the skills of a trained professional.

If you are interested in receiving assistance please contact the Pastoral Liaison listed below.

Stephen Ministry Leadership

Pastoral Liaison:

David Jordan-Haas,
Pastor for Congregational Care
david.jordan-haas@viennapres.org

Stephen Leaders:

Chuck Allen:  chuckaallen1(at)cox.net
Erin Allen:  erinlallen1(at)cox.net
Chris Dowell:  jcdowell(at)breckgroup.net
Becky Shenefiel:  becky(at)gracewalk.net
Chris Shenefiel:  chris.shenefiel(at)gmail.com
Paul Towner:  pdtiii@gmail.com