Thank you very much for your assistance by completing and returning this reference form for the Stephen Ministry applicant who sent it to you. We value your input as a reference and your reply will remain confidential.
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of lay people who are trained to come alongside and support those experiencing a crisis or difficult time in life. These situations can involve illness, death, separation or divorce, financial difficulties, loss of job or career changes, and spiritual issues. Confidentiality, maturity, and discernment are of supreme importance to the success of these caring relationships.
Because we recognize the discipline and intensity of this ministry, we are seeking God's will for both the applicant and the Stephen Ministry. We screen our applicants thoroughly because we recognize the importance of maturity and godly modeling in our caregivers. Please do not see this as judgmental, but as an honest critique of the applicant to help us determine their ability to faithfully serve as a Stephen Minister.
Answer only those questions about which you feel reasonably certain, leaving the others blank. We suggest that you quickly look over the entire form before answering any questions. Whenever possible, please give specific instances and descriptions. When completed, please submit the form electronically by clicking on the "Submit" button at the end of the form.
All remarks will be confidential and not shared with the applicant. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.