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Become a

Stephen Minister

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Stephen Minister.  Just by clicking on this page we know that you are a caring person who may feel called to use your gifts to help others.  We certainly hope you will consider joining our Stephen Ministry Team.  The information below will hopefully answer any questions you may have.  If not feel free to contact us at
Training Resources

Learn about what is used in training

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Preclass Reading

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Outline and Focus Notes

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Fall 2020 Training Schedule

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Stephen Ministry Training

Here’s what Stephen Ministers frequently say about their training:

  • Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.

  • You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.

  • You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.

  • You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.

  • You feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community.

  • Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!

How and Where the Training Happens

Stephen Minister training:

  • takes place at Geneva in McLennan Lounge, which is in our education building adjacent to Simpson Hall

  • is led by Senior Pastor and Head of Staff the Rev. Dr. Steven M. Marsh, and our Stephen Ministry leaders

  • is comprised of 28 2-hour sessions on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm

  • combines pre-class reading, devotions, lecture, video presentation, discussion, and skill practice

What the Training Covers

Initial training takes place before Stephen Ministers are commissioned and assigned to their first care receivers. Continuing education takes place during the months after commissioning.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister at Geneva Presbyterian Church, we want to hear from you. Simply complete the fields below and press SEND.

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