Stephen Ministry...serving the congregation and the community



Calling all Inactive Stephen Ministers

If you have served as a Stephen Minister in the past and think you might be interested in serving again, the Stephen Ministry Program at OAPC would love to have you back! Please consider your call and take a moment to decide whether or not you would like to enter back into an active caring relationship. Contact Jo Grier, 803-328-1326, if you are interested in serving or if you have any questions.

To hear from people whose lives have been changed through Stephen Ministry visit:

Stephen Ministry is ...

  • A Christian program sponsored by many denominations in the United States and around the world.
  • A means of assisting the clergy and staff in the on-going needs of their church membership in crisis.
  • An effective way of nourishing the spiritual lives of church members as they seek to serve each other.
  • A program of specific training and supervision in which to convey the love of God in all situations.

Stephen Ministers are ...

  • Caring Christians who offer support to others, in the congregation and the community, in time of need.
  • Sharing Christians who bring their own personal witness to each helping relationship.
  • Trained Christians who have developed their helping skills through intensive course work.
  • Dedicated Christians who are commissioned by our church to do confidential, in-depth caring.

Stephen Ministers are not ...

  • Professional counselors or psychologists.
  • Social workers providing extensive support and physical service.
  • Experts in law, finance, church doctrine, etc.
  • Occasional visitors who "drop in" from time to time.

How Stephen Minsitry works at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church

  • The fifty-hour training program prepares interested men and women to become effective caregivers by focusing on areas such as:
    • Listening
    • Assertiveness
    • Confidentiality
    • Crisis intervention
    • Feelings
    • Prayer and scripture
    • Professionalism
    • Grief
    • Aging
  • Following training, Stephen Ministers are formally commissioned to serve for at least two years.
  • Following commissioning, Stephen Ministers are paired with church members who are experiencing crisis. The relationships continue as long as necessary, after which the Stephen Minister may be paired with another person as needed.
  • Throughout their service Stephen Ministers engage in twice-a-month supervision meetings and attend additional programs of continuing education. In addition, members take on leadership and administrative positions within the program.

Benefits of Being a Stephen Minister include:

  • Growth in understanding of one's own Christian vocation.
  • Experiencing the fellowship of a warm, loving, and caring group of people.
  • Enjoying the privileges of working closely with others in helping relationships.
  • Knowing that one is a vital part of the Body of Christ, the living Church
  • Developing skills that are applicable in everyday experiences and in relationships with others

"Bear one another's burden...and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministers

Merv Allen
Mim Armour
Jill Bigham
Pat Calkins
Tom Camp
Jo Grier
Helen Guinness
Buzzy Hall
Lucille Harper
Kelly Herring
Marion Hicklin
Liz Hille
Sharon Johnson
Linda Littlejohn
Connie Matthews
Bob McCann
Carol McCann
Mary Ann McDow
Becky McGinnis
Gloria Moe, SM Parish Nurse
Bill Oliver
Nancy Oliver
Becca Robinson
George Sawyer
Pat Shaw
Sue Smith
Richard Summers
Goody Thomas
Carolyn Tutwiler
David Van Zile
Susan Vogel
Carolyn Williams
Sue Willilams
Diane Yarbrough

Last Published: June 6, 2016 12:08 PM