Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry

We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are gifted, called, and committed individuals who come alongside others in and outside our congregation. They serve as an extension of pastoral care, providing confidential peer-to-peer support at no cost. Our Stephen Ministers are equipped through a training course that is Christ-centered, Spirit-guided, and biblically based.

If you or someone you know might benefit from receiving care from a Stephen Minister, please contact Kay Ferguson, Stephen Ministry Coordinator, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 274 or kayf@fpcberkeley.org.

Becoming a Stephen Minister

The 27-week Stephen Ministry/Life Skills Class is designed to help people, no matter what their walk in life, to better their communication and caring capacities. The class integrates spirituality and psychology, and utilizes various learning styles including spiritual disciplines, scripture grounding, lecture, media and art, interactive discussion, dyads, and peer coaching (click here for the proposed class schedule). 

Dates: Thursdays, September 11, 2014–April 23, 2015
Time: 6:30–9:30 pm
Instructor: Rev. Debbie Whaley, Associate Pastor for Community Life
Cost: $200 early registration by July 30/$225 after August 1 (scholarships are available)
Registration: Download the application and return completed form with payment to Naomi Griffin.
Registration Deadline: Registration closes August 29 or when the class is full, whichever comes first.
More Information: Please contact Naomi Griffin, Administrative Assistant for Caring Ministries, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 241 or naomig@fpcberkeley.org.