The BCWC has a team of commissioned Stephen Ministers ready to come alongside in one on one ministry with anyone who is in crisis: people experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and other stresses and challenges. These individuals have undergone more than 60 hours of training. When requested, they are assigned to a person who will receive care for about an hour each week. This will last for as long as the person needing the care needs the care. They are trained in listening skills; feelings; crisis intervention; confidentiality; ministering to those experiencing grief; ministering to those dealing with depression; ministering to the terminally ill; caring for people before, during and after hospitalization; helping folks adjust to retirement or to empty nests and much more.
If you think you or someone you know could benefit by having a Stephen Minister, contact our office and we will put you in touch with our Steven Leader. This individual will meet with you or the other person, explain what Stephen Ministry is, and help determine whether Stephen Ministry is the kind of care the individual needs. The person seeking care will then be matched with one of our available Stephen Ministers. That Stephen Minister will then call the intended care receiver and begin meeting with him or her for about an hour each week as long as the need exists.