If you or someone in your family would benefit from the ministry of a Stephen Minister, please speak to one of our pastors or contact us.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
Our congregation’s Stephen
Ministry program 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.
A Stephen Minister Is:
- A child of God who walks
beside a person who is hurting
- A congregation member with
gifts for care giving, 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 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 interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister…
- If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry…
Stephen Ministry Is Your Ministry
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
- Pray for God to bring hope
and healing to hurting people through our program
- Accept care from a Stephen
Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens
- Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about
our Stephen Ministry.
- If you are a good listener and a compassionate person,
prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.
Stephen Ministry Multiplies Ministry
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.
Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution—equipping God’s people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide.
People often ask, "What exactly is a Stephen Minister?"
ONE WAY TO PUT IT IS THAT STEPHEN MINISTERS ARE THE AFTER PEOPLE.
Stephen Ministers are there: . . .
AFTER the phone call you hoped you’d never get. . . .
AFTER the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions
you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you. . . .
AFTER the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life. . . .
AFTER the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.” . . .
AFTER the nursing home director shakes your hand and says
“Welcome to your new home.” . . .
AFTER the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away
and the house suddenly seems empty. . . .
AFTER the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on,
and your loved one is led away. . . .
AFTER the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever
dreamed possible. . . .
AFTER you find a pink slip with your final paycheck. . . .
AFTER your family and friends have heard your story
one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
Stephen Ministers are the AFTER People. They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends,
or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long AFTER as needed.
Nancy Van Sickel
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or learning more about this ministry contact us.