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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
(Galatians 6:2)

 

What is Stephen Ministry?


  • A distinctively Christian confidential caregiving available to people going through difficult times and who are in need of support in their lives.
  • It is a Christ-centered ministry, where God is the cure giver.
  • It is part of a parish’s pastoral care ministry.

A Stephen Minister is:


  • A member of a parish who has answered God’s call to use his/her God given gifts to follow Jesus’ caring footsteps as a Christian care giver.
  • Stephen Ministers are carefully recruited, selected, trained for over 50 hours and then participate in regular supervision meetings to provide the best possible care.
  • They are prepared to enter into confidential, one-to-one relationships where they will listen, pray, extend acceptance, and provide distinctively Christian care.
  • A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say—and even your identity – confidential.
  • Someone who will walk with you throughout your difficult time; someone who will “be there” for you, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there is a need.

Stephen Ministers Care For People Facing Tough Times


Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are:

  • Grieving the death of a loved one
  • Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization
  • Lonely or discouraged
  • Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness
  • Dealing with divorce or separation
  • Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
  • Unemployed or in a job crisis
  • Disabled or caring for a disabled family member
  • Moving or relocating
  • Anticipating the birth or adoption of a child
  • Homebound or institutionalized
  • Transitioning into retirement
  • Dealing with the crisis of aging
  • Experiencing a spiritual crisis
  • Victims of a disaster or accident
  • And people facing countless other crises or life challenges or who are going through a difficult time and could benefit from the care of a supportive Christian friend.

God does not intend for you to struggle alone

If you are interested in having a Stephen Minister, please contact the Stephen Ministry Team at one of the parish sites!