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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a distinctly Christian Care Ministry supporting those experiencing times of crisis, transition, hurting, and in need of Jesus’ care. If you are experiencing a difficult time or season in your life, consider having one of our well-trained, empathetic, Christ-centered Stephen Ministers come alongside you for a weekly time of listening and prayer.  This ministry is one-on-one and completely confidential.

CONTACT CONNIE JORDAN-HAAS:

703.938.9050, x116 or email Connie

CONTACT CHARLES GESCHIERE:

703.938.9050 X151 or email Charles

They will promptly match you with one of our committed Stephen Ministers.

A NEW WAY TO GROW AND SERVE!

ONLY AVAILABLE ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS!

Stephen Minister training is an engaging, energizing experience that features a mixture of presentation, video, group discussion, skill practice, and spiritual growth activities.

Stephen Minister Training:

Teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.

Gives you new insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.

Equips you with relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.

Helps deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.

Builds a special bond of Christian community and camaraderie.

SPECIFICS

Starting in January of 2023, we will offer 20 sessions (two Wednesdays per month) and one partial day retreat. (Many liken this training to an entry-level course in pastoral care!) Pre-class reading, devotions, presentations, discussions, skill practice, and videos create an outstanding 50 hours of initial training. Once trained and commissioned in worship, Stephen Ministers then begin caring for members and friends of VPC in one-on-one confidential, caring relationships. Pastor Connie and a highly experienced team of Stephen Leaders lead!

Training Topics include:

The Person of the Caregiver; Feelings: Yours, Mine, and Ours; The Art of Listening

Distinctively Christian Caring; A Process Approach to Caring

Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly; Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving

Crisis Theory and Practice; Confidentiality

Caring between Visits: Caregiving and Communications Technology

Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources

Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief, Depression, and Anxiety

Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care

INTERESTED in LEARNING MORE and/or APPLYING?

Contact Pastor Connie ~ connie.jordan-haas@viennapres.org

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