Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry is our one-to-one care-giving ministry. God works through specially trained men and women (called Stephen Ministers) to plant seeds of healing and hope.

Stephen Ministers are lay people trained to give Christian care to those in and around our church who are going through a period of crisis, e.g., bereavement or other loss, chronic illness, unemployment, and other life difficulties. This care consists of reflective listening and the use of Christian resources such as prayer and the Scriptures. It does not involve counseling, and Stephen Ministers are trained that they should listen and empathize, not tell people what to do.

Stephen Ministers normally meet with their care receivers for about an hour a week. They work under the direction of trained Stephen Leaders with the support of the pastor and meet regularly with other Stephen Ministers and their leaders for peer supervision in which they support and encourage one another and hold one another accountable for their ministry.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.