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Stephen Ministers are members of St. Monica Catholic Community who have been through extensive training to provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people experiencing a wide range of life’s challenges. This may include loss of a loved one, hospitalization, separation or divorce, loneliness, spiritual crises, unemployment, illness, incarceration, aging, relocation, recovery after an accident, birth, adoption, miscarriage, and/or infertility, etc. This is offered at no cost to the receiver. 

 

Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for an hour to listen, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Click below to hear from Care Receivers who have benefited from this listening ministry.

 

Upcoming Events

We are actively recruiting Stephen Ministers for 2022. See tab - Become a Stephen Minister.

 

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 For more information on the history of Stephen Ministries, go to www.stephenministries.org.

Stephen Ministers are members of St. Monica Catholic Community who have been through extensive training to provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people experiencing a wide range of life’s challenges. This may include loss of a loved one, hospitalization, separation or divorce, loneliness, spiritual crises, unemployment, illness, incarceration, aging, relocation, recovery after an accident, birth, adoption, miscarriage, and/or infertility, etc. This is offered at no cost to the receiver. 

 

Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for an hour to listen, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Click below to hear from Care Receivers who have benefited from this listening ministry.

 

Upcoming Events

We are actively recruiting Stephen Ministers for 2022. See tab - Become a Stephen Minister.

 

2020 10 20 16 52 22

 For more information on the history of Stephen Ministries, go to www.stephenministries.org.

Need a Stephen Minister?

 

Stressed? Discouraged? Lonely? Sad? Don't Suffer Alone. Help Is Available.

Sometimes we fall into a trap where we think it’s a sign of weakness to ask for help. So, when we’re stressed, discouraged, lonely, or sad, we try to keep our struggles hidden and are reluctant to ask for help. However, that’s not God’s plan. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God wants us to care for others—and allow others to care for us in our time of need.

If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We have a team of Stephen Ministers ready to provide confidential one-to-one care, encouragement, and support to help you through a tough time.

 

Call (310) 566-1575

Leave a message and a Stephen Ministry leader will contact you.


As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, we provide caregiving using Zoom and the telephone.

 

Become a Stephen Minister

We are thankful and excited about your interest in Stephen Ministry. We hope that you prayerfully consider taking the training and serving as a Stephen Minister here at St. Monica’s Church. Even though this is a serious commitment of time and energy, our experience as Stephen Ministers is that the blessings received far outweigh the costs. The training will help you learn how to care for others going through a life crisis and help you focus your God-given gifts and passion for service. May God bless you!

 

Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of training and commit to serving for 24 months, participating in continuing education twice a month and meeting with their care receiver one hour a week. Find further details on training dates and schedule - Click Here to Download.

 

For the Stephen Ministry Job Description - Click Here to Download.

  

The following Stephen Ministers share their stories of personal and spiritual growth:

 

“I’ve learned how to listen to people and empathize with them.  I’ve learned that I don’t have to fix anybody – I can be present with them and trust God to do the rest.  It’s made me a better teacher, brother, friend and person.” 

- Charles, Teacher

 

“Becoming a Stephen Minister was the best training I’ve ever experienced.  It did a great job of building my confidence and equipping me to better care for others.  The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of listening.  All the distractions we have today can get in the way of really having meaningful conversations, but Stephen ministry training has helped me to stop, listen, ask follow-up questions, and be emotionally available.  Above all, I learned that God is the one who brings healing.  I’m there to walk with my care receiver, listen, and be on a journey with her.” 

- Abby, Stay-At-Home Mom

 

“I was at a point in life where I was wondering, ‘Lord, where can you use me?’  Then, one day at church I saw a Stephen Ministry table in the lobby.  It was perfect timing, like God was pointing me in that direction. My Stephen Ministry training taught me real caring skills I could use and apply in everyday life.  I’d never encountered training that was so practical, spiritual, and transformative.  I could feel the Holy Spirit changing me, helping me learn and grow.”

- Gigi, Executive Director

 

Stephen Ministry Application

We are asking for you to commit to serve for a period of no less than two years as a Stephen Minister (approx. January 2022-January 2024)

This includes:

  • the initial 50 hours of training
  • regular visits with your care receiver (weekly)
  • twice-monthly small group peer supervision (held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)
  
  
  

A great many caregivers have been made stronger in their care giving ministry through the care they received themselves, including care from mental health professionals. The Stephen Leader team affirms the work of mental health professionals, who have helped many individuals to experience growth and healing.  Members of the Stephen Leader Team request the following information because they want to be as informed as possible about their Stephen Ministers.

If you answered yes, someone from our Stephen Leader team may speak with you about this so that the team may better understand its significance in your life and ministry.

If you answered yes, someone from our Stephen Leader team may speak with you about this so that the team may better understand its significance in your life and ministry.

Acknowledgment

The information I have provided in this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge.  I agree to participate in Stephen Ministry training, in Small Group Peer Supervision, and to function within the boundaries of Stephen Ministry as adopted by St. Monica Catholic Church.  I give permission for the parish, if it deems necessary, to call my references, secure a police background check on me, and consult with the treating physician(s) or other mental health professionals regarding the nature of any treatment I have received for emotional or psychiatric problems.


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