Stephen Ministry

God’s Love in Action

“Love one another–as I have loved you.”
John 13:34

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.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

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 role
  • 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 Ministers 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

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?

Talk with a Stephen Leader to learn more.

Stephen Leaders Are…

Trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.

  • If you – or someone you know – could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister..
  • If you are interestedinpossibly becoming a Stephen Minister…
  • If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry…

…talk with one of our Stephen Leaders. Our Stephen Leaders are:

  • Jim Wottring
  • Diane Bless
  • Tom Polhill