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One to One Christian Caring

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (1Peter 4:10)

After the touch of the Master's hand we are compelled to serve others. (Mt. 8:14-15)



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 caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this rolls
• 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

Stephen Ministries Care for People Facing Tough Times

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 remain private.

Stephen Ministry in our congregation

• Could you benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister?
• Do you know someone else—perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative—who could benefit from Stephen Ministry?
• Are you interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister?
• Click here to learn more about "What is a Stephen Minister?

Then talk with a pastor or Stephen Leader—or contract the office—to learn more.