Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister Is…

• A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
• A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this rolls
• A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
• A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
• Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life — times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

• Loss of a loved one
• Hospitalization
• Divorce or separation
• Loneliness or discouragement
• Spiritual crisis
• Unemployment or a job crisis
• A terminal illness
• Incarceration
• Aging
• Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
• A chronic illness
• Relocation
• Recovery after an accident or disaster
• And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

Stephen Ministry in our congregation

• Could you benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister?
• Do you know someone else—perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative—who could benefit from Stephen Ministry?
• Are you interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister?
• Click here to learn more about “What is a Stephen Minister“?
Then talk with a pastor or Stephen Leader—or contract the office—to learn more.

Some Stephen Ministers will be in town and active this summer. On the second and fourth Sunday of each month, two Stephen Ministers will be in the front of the sanctuary (on the left side near the pulpit) to meet with anyone who wants to talk or has need of prayer.