Care Receivers—People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. As RFBC is just now beginning to recruit and train Stephen Ministers, we will not be able to offer care through this ministry until late summer 2019. There are other means of providing support in place. Stephen Ministry will not replace those current support relationships, but add and extend the level and breadth of care. If you are currently in a challenging life situation, please contact one of the pastors through office phone 540.977-1789.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
- Men are matched with men; women with women.
- When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.