Volunteer Opportunities in the Pastoral Care Ministry
The Stephen Series is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around your congregation.
The Stephen Ministry is a complete system for lay caring ministry in the congregation. Lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. Stephen Ministers are required to have 50 hours of training and commit to all the aspects of the program before they are assigned a care receiver.
If being a Stephen Minister is not for you… Maybe one of the following might just fit your ministry gifts:
Homebound Visitation Program
This is already in place and we have folks who visit the homebound on a regular basis. Members are a part of a Homebound Care Team who regularly contacts those who are homebound in nursing facilities, homes or senior residences. Volunteers will be trained in visiting and encouraging those in these facilities and will have specific members assigned to their care for follow-up.
Respite Care Team
Members are a part of a Respite Care Team. Individuals will work with families of members who have temporarily convalesced individuals in the home assisting them in providing non-medical “sitters” for short periods to give family members time to take care of errands, personal business, etc. These “caregivers” are available to read, pray with, talk with patients as needed or simply sit quietly and pray silent for the individual.
Bereavement Ministry Team
Members agree to be a part of caring for families upon the death of a loved one. Care provided is coordination of a meal following the funeral, acting as a greeter/host should the services be at the church and assisting the pastoral care minister with follow-up if needed.
Phone Home Alone Ministry Team
Members are available to contact individuals, when requested, on a regular basis, just to check in with members who might live alone. These call schedules are set in agreement with the caller and the receiver.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in any of these, please contact Terry Richey at 251-342-5320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.