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Stephen Ministry

 Everyone benefits from our Stephen Ministry!


People Who Need Care . . .

  • Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
  • Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
  • Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
  • Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis, when others have forgotten about them
  • Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God's unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister 



Pastors . . .

  • No longer shoulder the entire burden of caring in the congregation, and will receive support and care from the lay people who are part of the congregation's Stephen Ministry team who are able, willing, or called to this ministry
  • Reach more members of the congregation with quality Christian care
  • Experience renewed joy and satisfaction as they equip others and so extend the reach of their own ministries
  • Have more time to focus on the ministries that only the pastor can do




 Lay People . . .

  • Discover, cultivate, and use the spiritual gifts they have been blessed with
  • See themselves as active partners in the mission and ministry of the church
  • Find all aspects of their lives enriched by the distinctively Christian caregiving skills they learn and practice
  • Experience great joy as they see God working through them to bring hope and healing to a hurting person
  • Grow spiritually as they experience the Lord's loving presence in community with other Christian 



Our Entire Congregation . . .

  • Will discover that many members want to be involved in meaningful ministry and will respond to the call to become a Stephen Minister or Stephen Leader
  • Will become a more loving community that is more sensitive and responsive to people's needs for care
  • Will be able to provide more quality Christian care, so that fewer people slip through the cracks
  • Will be able to reach out to the unchurched who are hurting and introduce them to the healing love of Jesus in their time of need
  • Will see itself as not only being served by the pastors, but as a caring body of believers actively involved in serving one another in love caregivers