Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
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 role
- 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 same gender care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
A Stephen Minister can help when…
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:We all experience challenges in life
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual crisis
- Unemployment or a job crisis
- A terminal illness
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
- A chronic illness
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
- And many more
Follow this link to watch short videos of individuals sharing what it means for them to receive care from a Stephen Minister.
If you would like to speak with someone about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.