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
Divorce or separation
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.
Do you want to receive care from Stephen Ministry? Please complete the form below or contact a Stephen Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-762-1543 ex.218 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…
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 Christian 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.