The Stephen Ministry is a confidential, lay-caring ministry grounded in Jesus' command to love one another. Those who are hurting receive love and support through one-to-one caring relationships. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Individuals participating in this ministry go through in-depth training in interpersonal relationships and how to be fully present to those in pain, need, grief and sorrow. Participants are then matched with a person in need and maintain an ongoing relationship with that person. The ministry is named after Stephen, one of the first deacons in the early Christian church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the needs of people in the Christian community.
Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God's love can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness that you may be experiencing.
You may find our more about Stephen Ministries and being a Stephen minister by visiting www.stephenministries.org.
If you would like to help with this ministry, please sign-up through the Ministries Summary & Sign-Up page on this web site.