University Park United Methodist Church is a Stephen Ministry congregation.
A Stephen Minister is a child of God who walks beside a hurting person.
A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian friend who really listens.
A Stephen Minister is a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
A Stephen Minister is not a counselor, a therapist, a problem-solver, or a casual visitor.
Stephen Ministry helps meet the needs of individuals who are hospitalized, terminally ill, bereaved, in a job crisis, new members of the church, disabled, homebound, lonely, in a spiritual crisis, or looking for a a caring, Christian friend.
Stephen Ministers are called to be care givers. God is the cure giver.
The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about a person in need of Christian care and meets with this person to discern if there is need for a trained Stephen Minister. With the hurting person's permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with the needy person in strict confidentiality.