Stephen Ministry is a caring ministry in which people are trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, aging, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, miscarriage or infertility, or separation. Stephen Ministry is confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains completely confidential.
A Stephen Minister (lay caregiver) is:
- a person with a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need;
- a person with gifts for caregiving who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care;
- a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages; and
- someone who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week.
If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry, whether you would like to learn about possibly being paired with a Stephen Minister or you'd like to understand the application process and training to become a Stephen Minister and/or Stephen Leader, please fill out this form or speak with one of our Stephen Leaders: Don Chambers, Ginny Martin, Kathy Nelson, Mary Grace Gabriel, Scott Simon and Susan Elliott.