God’s Love in Action – is provided by trained lay people giving distinctly Christian, confidential, one-to-one care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or life’s difficulties.
A Stephen Minister gives one-to-one, lay Christian care to those who are hurting or in need.
- One-to-one: Stephen Ministers meet privately with only one care receiver of the same gender at a time, and there is no time limit to giving care.
- Lay: Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised lay volunteers, not professional counselors or therapists, pastors, or physicians. Stephen Ministers are not authorized to give legal, medical, financial, or any other advice, but Bible-based encouragement.
- Christian: Stephen Ministers are Christians who care in the name of Christ. They are willing to talk about spiritual issues but won't force them.
- Care: Stephen Ministers care by listening, supporting, encouraging, praying, being dependable and trustworthy and maintaining confidentiality in their caregiving. Stephen Ministers bring the care, God brings the cure.
Stephen Ministries' Core Purpose is summed up in the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians.
"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).