BECOME A PART OF THE STEPHEN MINISTRY
"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" -Galatians 6:2
What Is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is our congregation's one-to-one care giving ministry. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of some crisis or tragedy. Through Stephen Ministry God will bring forth new life and renewed faith.
How Stephen Ministry Works
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation. They:
Build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community
Recruit and train Stephen Ministers
Meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs
Match care receivers with Stephen Ministers
Provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
If you or someone who you know could benefit from talking to a Stephen Minister, please fill out the referral form below and one of our Stephen Ministers will contact you.