"Love one another – as I have loved you."– John 13:34

 

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 care giving, 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 care receiver, meeting
faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need

 

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will

fulfill the law of Christ.” – Gal. 6:2

 

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 remains private. 


If you are need of a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office and request an appointment to speak with the Pastor who will connect you with an appropriate person to walk beside you.