"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" —Ephesians 4:12-13
What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry at FPC provides one-on-one, confidential, ongoing, Christian care to members of our congregation and community. This care exists to supplement—not replace—the outstanding care provided by our Pastors and Deacons.
Who are the Stephen Minister Caregivers and what do they do?
- Stephen Ministry caregivers have been through 50 hours of training to equip them to provide Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or challenge.
- Stephen Ministry caregivers meet one-on-one with their care receivers once a week and are in touch more often if needed.
- Stephen Ministry caregivers offer uniquely Christian care, which means they are committed to praying for and with the care receiver. They bring the hope and encouragement of the Christian faith to those who are suffering.
- Caregivers listen to the care receiver’s concerns without making any judgements.
- Stephen Ministry caregivers provide absolute confidentiality and hold their relationships with care receivers in the highest possible regard.
- Stephen Ministry leaders and Pastors carefully match caregivers with care receivers, taking into consideration many factors such as age, experience, gender, and background.
- Stephen Ministry caregivers offer referral to professionals when a person’s needs are beyond the scope of their abilities.
Who might need a Stephen Ministry caregiver?
Life presents all kinds of situations that mean a person could benefit from seeing a Stephen Ministry caregiver. These might include:
- Acute, chronic, or terminal Illness (those suffering from illness, as well as caregivers)
- Loss of a loved one
- Family frustrations and challenges
- Separation or divorce
- New member of the family
- Job loss
- Struggles with faith
- Feelings of grief or loneliness
Stephen Ministry caregivers cannot provide care to:
- People of the opposite gender (male caregivers will be with male care receivers, and female caregivers with female care receivers)
- More than one person at a time, i.e., no couples or families
- People struggling with serious depression or other mental health issues
- People who are extreme manipulators
- People dealing with unresolved physical or substance abuse issues
- People who exhibit suicidal or violent behavior
How do I find a Stephen Ministry caregiver for myself or someone I love?
- Identify a possible care receiver.
- Care enough to pass that name on to a Pastor, Deacon, member of the Stephen Ministry team, or the church office.
- Understand that potential care receivers must give permission to allow a Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinator to call them.
If you are comfortable asking permission, and the person agrees, please pass the person’s name and number on to a Stephen Ministry referral coordinator. If you are not comfortable asking permission but feel a person may be receptive to help from a Stephen Ministry caregiver, please provide their name to a Pastor, Deacon, member of the Stephen Ministry team, or someone in the church office. Please note that identifying a possible care receiver does not guarantee assignment of a Stephen Ministry caregiver.
You may also contact the church office at (608) 849-4625.
Stephen Ministry caregivers are not “fixers” but are compassionate Christians who have been trained to walk alongside people dealing with problems. Caregivers provide the care, while God provides the cure.
Mission Statement: Stephen Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Waunakee, exists to serve God by bringing God’s healing care to hurting people. With God as our source of all inspiration and spiritual guidance, we will equip, send, and support trained Stephen Ministry caregivers to provide confidential one-on-one Christian care through listening, prayer, and presence to those experiencing life’s challenges and difficulties.
Stephen Ministry is a part of the Deacon outreach at FPC.