Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing challenges or difficulties. Stephen Ministers are not counselors. They are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept and pray for and with care receivers who are working through a crisis or tough time. They participate in 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving, including general topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness and using Christian resources in caregiving. In addition, the training covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved and aging.This is a free and confidential service to church members and the community. Call Stephen Leader Pat DeBolt at 770-396-6836.