Lay caring ministry at Millian is taking on a new
The first class of Stephen Minister Training began
on May 1, 2004. The trainees participated in
Saturday classes through the months of May and
June. Some of the topics included in the course
were: The Art of Listening, Assertiveness,
Confidentiality, Ministering to Those in Grief,
and Dealing with Depression.
A Stephen Minister's education continues far
beyond this initial 50-hour course. Through
bi-monthly Peer Supervision meetings they continue
to receive many more hours of insight and skills
that will aid them in helping others who are going
through transitional life crises.
The Stephen Ministers are: Lynn Allen, Jann Dalrymple, Linda May,
Linda Stathoplos, Anne Matthews, Bill Matthews, Chuck Thompson,
Regina Crutchfield, Victor Garcia, Quintin Doromal, Sheila Hopkins,
Jan Wisor, Nancy van der Walde, and Bert Nelson (for telecare). Your
Stephen Leaders are: Jann Dalrymple, Dawn Kelley, Bill Matthews,
Anne Matthews, Marguerite Eimer, Linda Stathoplos, and Pastor Braulio
More than a quarter-million people have gone
through Stephen Ministry training in more
than 7,000 churches worldwide since the ministry
began in 1975. It is exciting to be on the
brink of becoming a part of this global effort to
extend the love of Jesus Christ to hurting people.
The Stephen Leaders wish to thank the Millian
congregation for taking ownership for this
ministry by providing funds, enthusiastic interest
and support, and prayers. The gifts of compassion
and mercy that are vital for Christian caregivers
are not given to everyone, but everyone can
continue to support the effort of the Stephen
Ministry and those who will be the lay ministers.
Your prayers for each of the trainees and for the
Stephen Leaders will be appreciated as they
participate in this intensive eight-week course.
You can learn more about the broader program of
Stephen Ministries on their website at
(A Word About Stephen Ministry and Confidentiality
Confidentiality is a strict rule that all Stephen
Ministers must follow. Trust must develop between
the care receivers and the caregivers. This can
only happen if the care receiver knows that
whatever is said and experienced between the two
parties will be kept absolutely confidential.
Loving concern abounds for one another throughout
the Millian congregation so it will take some
effort to abide by this very important concept of
confidentiality. A person who agrees to have a
Stephen Minister will never have his or her name
divulged and the caregiver assigned to that person
will not be known to anyone but the supervisory
staff. Therefore, it will aid the Stephen
Ministers if this strict rule of confidentiality
is acknowledged by the congregation and the
Stephen Ministers are not asked to give any
information that concerns their caregiving
Travel Through Life.
As you travel through life there are always
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem
And the rain seems to soak your parade.
There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!
Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,
Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
And see things that you've never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and
And somebody special who's there
To help you stay centered and listen with
To stories and feelings you share.
Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the
Don't look back! You're not going that way!
You will find warmth, affection and caring from
your Stephen Minister!
They will be the someone special who is there
Your Stephen Minister will help you stay
centered and most assuredly listen with
So when choices are hard and solutions seem
scarce, choose a Stephen Minister to help you
learn the many options that your life can hold.
Dawn Kelley, Awareness and Ownership