Who Is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministry LogoA Stephen Minister is a caring Christian lay person, trained to walk with a person during a time of need. A Stephen Minister’s goal is to listen and understand with a Christ-grounded, objective, non-judgmental heart, giving the hurting person an open, yet confidential, environment in which to examine and wrestle with the problems.

A Stephen Minister is —

  • A caring Christian who offers support to others in time of need.
  • A trained Christian who has received 50 hours of intensive coursework in how provide distinctively Christian care.
  • A dedicated Christian commissioned by our congregation for confidential, in-depth Christian caring. He/she participates in monthly supervision and continuing education. A commitment is made to serve for at least two years.

A Stephen Minister is not—

  • A counselor or therapist
  • A casual visitor

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34

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