WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
Stephen Ministry glorifies God by equipping God’s people to share Christ’s love through one-to-one distinctly Christian care to individuals who are experiencing life’s challenges and difficulties.
A Stephen Minister is. . .
• A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
•A congregation member who is carefully selected to serve in this role because of his or her gifts
•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
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a care and support. Stephen Ministers are prepared to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as
•Loss of a loved one
•Divorce or separation
•Loneliness or discouragement
•Unemployment or job crisis
•A terminal illness
•Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
•A chronic illness
•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 remain private.
"carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
Learn more about the Stephen Ministries organization at www.stephenministries.org
If you would like to speak with a Stephen Leader or request more information about Stephen Ministry at First Baptist Matthews, please contact Peggy Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-231-9004 or Pastor Ron Gregory through the church office 704-847-9150