Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care for individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their life. It may be loss of a loved one, a hospitalization, divorce or separation, loneliness, spiritual crisis, unemployment or job crisis, a terminal illness, incarceration, aging, birth, adoption, a chronic illness, relocation or any other difficult life experience. We all experience these challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry, so the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
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 is a need.