what is stephen ministry?
Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
Become a Stephen Minister
If you sense that God might be calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister, the first step is to find out more about getting involved. Contact Virginia Reynolds for more information.
Stephen Ministers are trained by local Stephen Leaders. The fifty hours of training they receive equips them to provide high-quality care to people who are hurting. In addition, they participate in ongoing, monthly supervision and continuing education. Following training and commissioning, Stephen Ministers make a commitment to be in ministry for two years.
A Stephen Minister begins a caring relationship when he or she is matched with a person experiencing a life crisis. The Stephen Minister then meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care.
receive a Stephen Minister
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 complete this form.