Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another. Through one-on-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

  • Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
  • Are your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?
  • Are you adjusting to a new job, a change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, a recent move?
  • Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, to share God's love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.

What is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is....

  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting peron;
  • a caring Christian friend who really listens;
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.

A Stephen Minister is NOT....

  • a counselor or therapist;
  • a problem-solver;
  • a casual visitor.

How does the referrals process work?

  • A person - either you, a relative, or a friend - is hurting and in need of Christian care.
  • The Stephen Ministry Leadership Team learns about this need for care - from one of the pastors, the person, or a friend, always with the person's permission.
  • A Stephen Ministry Leader meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
  • With the person's permission, the Stephen Ministry Leader assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with the person.
  • The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person in strict confidentiality, as long as needed.

 

Is God Calling You to Stephen Ministry?

Consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  Training classes are held periodically.  If you have questions, please talk with any Stephen Minister or Leader.

Sandy Lester Fund:  Session has established a fund in honor of our former Associate Pastor, Sandy Lester, who was particularly involved in the establishment and continuing work of the Stephen Ministry.  Designated donatons may be given at any time and can be sent to the church office.  This fund will support the education and the individual ministry of the SM leaders and caregivers.