What is Stephen Ministry?
Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry 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 caregiving 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 is a need
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
• loss of a loved one
• divorce or separation
• loneliness or discouragement
• spiritual crisis
• unemployment or job crisis
• a terminal illness
• birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
• a chronic illness
• recovery after an accident or disaster
• and many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
How do I get a Stephen Minister?
Speak to one of our pastors, or call the church office about a Stephen Ministry referral. You may do this on your own behalf, or for a friend. Our Stephen Ministry leadership team will assign the Stephen Minister best suited to the care-receiver and the situation. Please be assured that all communications regarding Stephen Ministry will be kept in the strictest confidence. Church office 856-769-2977
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 Stephen Ministry.
• Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
• 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.
For more information click here to fill out an information form.