The Stephen Ministry is a confidential, lay-caring ministry grounded in Jesus' command to love one another (John 13:34-35-). Those who are hurting receive love and support through one-to-one caring relationships. 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 (Act 6-7).
Stephen Ministers are congregation members equipped and commissioned for caring ministry. They come from many different backgrounds, ages, and walks of life, but all have one important thing in common: a heart for bringing Christ’s healing love to hurting people.
In short, Stephen Ministers are people like you—caring Christians who want to make a difference in the lives of those going through difficult times.
- Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
- Are you struggling with health, attitude, or relationship issues?
- Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?
- Would you like to have someone in your life that really cares?
A Stephen Minister walks alongside a hurting person to provide one-to-one, emotional and spiritual care—listening, empathizing, encouraging, helping process feelings, and connecting the person with God’s love. Serving in this role is an opportunity to put your spiritual gifts into action and touch people’s lives in powerful ways.
Typically, a Stephen Minister meets with his or her care receiver in person, although many have shifted to meeting by phone or video chat. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister CLICK HERE for more information!
WHAT ARE THE NEEDS WITH WHICH STEPHEN MINISTERS CAN HELP?
- Family frustrations and challenges
- Terminal or chronic illness
- Families of the chronically ill
- Loss of a loved one
- Separation or divorce
- Being shut-in
- Having a newborn or adopting
- A low self-esteem
- Prisoners, ex-offenders, and families
- Loss of a job
- Financial setbacks
- Struggling with faith in God
- Aging and elderly
- Facing life changes
- Miscarriage and Infertility
A Stephen Minister is NOT...
- A counselor or therapist
- Counsel will only be given if requested
- A problem-solver
- A casual visitor
Stephen Ministers are Caregivers...God is the CUREGIVER
To receive help from a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Brett Inman firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-296-8501.
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