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:

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  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster