First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
We are a church beyond walls.

Stephen Ministry


What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.
  • Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
  • Are your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?
  • Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?
  • Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?


What is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is...
  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • a caring Christian friend who really listens
  • a lay person who has received over 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
A Stephen Minister is not:
  • a counselor or therapist
  • a problem-solver
  • a casual visitor


How does the referral process work?

  • A person - either you, a relative, or a friend - is hurting and in need of Christian care.
  • The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care - from the pastor, the person, or a friend, always with the person’s permission.
  • The Referrals Coordinator meets the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
  • With the person’s permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with the person.
  • The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctly Christian care for the person with strict confidentiality.
 For more information, please contact the church office.