Millian Church is a Rockville Methodist Church

Stephen Ministry  

Lay caring ministry at Millian is taking on a new emphasis.

The first class of Stephen Minister Training began on May 1, 2004. The trainees participated in Saturday classes through the months of May and June. Some of the topics included in the course were: The Art of Listening, Assertiveness, Confidentiality, Ministering to Those in Grief, and Dealing with Depression.

A Stephen Minister's education continues far beyond this initial 50-hour course. Through bi-monthly Peer Supervision meetings they continue to receive many more hours of insight and skills that will aid them in helping others who are going through transitional life crises.

The Stephen Ministers are: Lynn Allen, Jann Dalrymple, Linda May, Linda Stathoplos, Anne Matthews, Bill Matthews, Chuck Thompson, Regina Crutchfield, Victor Garcia, Quintin Doromal, Sheila Hopkins, Jan Wisor, Nancy van der Walde, and Bert Nelson (for telecare). Your Stephen Leaders are: Jann Dalrymple, Dawn Kelley, Bill Matthews, Anne Matthews, Marguerite Eimer, Linda Stathoplos, and Pastor Braulio Torres.

More than a quarter-million people have gone through Stephen Ministry training in more than 7,000 churches worldwide since the ministry began in 1975. It is exciting to be on the brink of becoming a part of this global effort to extend the love of Jesus Christ to hurting people.

The Stephen Leaders wish to thank the Millian congregation for taking ownership for this ministry by providing funds, enthusiastic interest and support, and prayers. The gifts of compassion and mercy that are vital for Christian caregivers are not given to everyone, but everyone can continue to support the effort of the Stephen Ministry and those who will be the lay ministers. Your prayers for each of the trainees and for the Stephen Leaders will be appreciated as they participate in this intensive eight-week course.

You can learn more about the broader program of Stephen Ministries on their website at

(A Word About Stephen Ministry and Confidentiality Confidentiality is a strict rule that all Stephen Ministers must follow. Trust must develop between the care receivers and the caregivers. This can only happen if the care receiver knows that whatever is said and experienced between the two parties will be kept absolutely confidential. Loving concern abounds for one another throughout the Millian congregation so it will take some effort to abide by this very important concept of confidentiality. A person who agrees to have a Stephen Minister will never have his or her name divulged and the caregiver assigned to that person will not be known to anyone but the supervisory staff. Therefore, it will aid the Stephen Ministers if this strict rule of confidentiality is acknowledged by the congregation and the Stephen Ministers are not asked to give any information that concerns their caregiving assignments.)

 As You Travel Through Life.

Poet Unknown

As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.
There are some situations where all you can do Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward -
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend!
Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,
Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
And see things that you've never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who's there
To help you stay centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.
Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road -
Don't look back! You're not going that way!

You will find warmth, affection and caring from your Stephen Minister!
They will be the someone special who is there for you.
Your Stephen Minister will help you stay centered and most assuredly listen with interest.
So when choices are hard and solutions seem scarce, choose a Stephen Minister to help you learn the many options that your life can hold.

Dawn Kelley, Awareness and Ownership