Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a program of Union Baptist that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community. Established in 1975 by Rev. Kenneth Haugk, also a clinical psychologist, the program meets the needs of people in over 30,000 churches internationally. If you are interested in receiving such care, contact our Referral Coordinator, Kim Nichols, at 638-2260. All voice mails will be handled confidentially.

Counseling vs. Stephen Ministry

While counseling is available to our disciples, we find that many individuals are well-suited for Stephen Ministry. Here are a few considerations that may suggest Stephen Ministry as a suitable option:

  • Mild to moderate mental health concerns.
  • A crisis that primarily involves you, not family members.
  • Desire for greater flexibility in appointments; Stephen Ministers often meet care receivers in the community at mutually convenient times during the week or weekend.

Alternatively, the following circumstances may suggest that counseling is the preferable option:

  • More intense mental health concerns.
  • Marital or family issues.
  • History of severe or persistent mental illness (e.g., bipolar disorder).
  • Long-term challenges with trauma