Stephen Ministry was named after St. Stephen, the first Christian layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6:1-6).
Stephen Ministry is committed to providing one-to-one care and support to those who are going through a challenging time.
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
At Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC), our Stephen Ministry started with the vision of one person, Kemp Clendenin. In 1990, Kemp attended a Stephen Ministry leadership seminar and then trained a group of 21 members. With 50 hours of instruction, all Stephen Ministers study the art of listening, having empathy toward others’ feelings, maintaining strict confidentiality, learning about crisis theory and intervention, praying with others, finding help in the Bible, using other spiritual tools to connect, and recognizing God as the ultimate cure giver. There are more than 100 trained Stephen Ministers, both active and inactive, at CUMC.
Get a Stephen Minister Today
If you are, or have a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative, going through a difficult time, a Stephen Minister may be able to offer the support needed. To learn how you can be assigned a Stephen Minister or help a friend receive care, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact the Church Office (336-299-1571).