Stephen Ministry

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What is Stephen Ministry?

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

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry.  The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from care and support.  Stephen Ministers can 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
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • Many other life challenges

“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Who needs Stephen Ministry?

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.

Some people find it hard to admit they need help, but in fact, realizing that one needs help in a life transition and then seeking  that help is a sign of strength.  Often talking to an objective person in complete confidence can be easier or more practical than sharing with a family member or friend.

Stephen Ministers provide spiritual support at times that a pastor  might not be available.  The care and support of Stephen Ministers is strictly confidential.

 

A Stephen Minister is…

  • A child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting.
  • A congregation member who is carefully selected to serve in this role because of his or her caregiving gifts.
  • A layperson with 50 hours of training in providing high-quality, distinctively Christina care.
  • A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
  • Someone who meets faithfully each week with his or her care receiver for as long as there’s a need.

 

How Do I Become a Stephen Minister?

The next training program will begin in the summer of 2015.  For more information, please complete the form below and a Stephen Leader will contact you.

 

Please complete the form below if:

  • If you could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
  • If you know someone who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
  • If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister…
  • If you have any questions about Stephen Ministry…