SERVING AS A STEPHEN MINISTER  
  by John McGavack, Jr.
- November 2008
 
     
        Stephen Ministry is a calling for like minded volunteers who hope to make a difference in another person's life. We live in a complex world and the Stephen Minister is there to help others deal with it's complexities through patient listening and patient compassion.
 
   
It's not what the Stephen Minister feels that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister conveys that feeling.

It's not what the Stephen Minister does that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister does it.

It's not what the Stephen Minister says that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister times what is said.

It's not what the Stephen Minister experiences that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister shows compassion because of that experience

It's not how the Stephen Minister cares that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister inspires caring for others.

It's not how the Stephen Minister seeks understanding that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister expresses understanding.

It's not how the Stephen Minister conveys love that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister helps others to love.

It's not how the Stephen Minister welcomes prayer that counts,
it's how the Stephen Minister encourages prayer.
 
        Serving as a Stephen Minister need not be complicated if one remembers there is:  
    no caring without love;
no understanding without compassion;
no learning without study;
no dedication without discipline and
no success without labor.
 
        Serving as a Stephen Minister is often an experience which shapes the life of the care provider as much, if not more, than that of the care receiver.

      People are made to be loved. Things are made to be used. There is so much confusion in this world because "people" are being used and "things" are being loved. The Stephen Minister can assist in resolving this confusion through compassion and love for the care receiver.
 
     
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