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.
A Stephen Minister is ...
- A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
- A caring, Christian friend who takes the time to really listen.
- A lay member of the congregation who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
A Stephen Minister is NOT ...
- A counselor or therapist
- A problem-solver or casual visitor
What are the needs with which a Stephen Minister can help?
- Hospitalization or chronic or terminal illness
- Loss of loved one to death, divorce or separation
- Unemployment or other job crisis
- Loneliness or discouragement
- New church member or relocation
- Spiritual crisis or otherwise needing emotional support and caring
How does the referrals process work?
If you know someone - perhaps a friend, relative or even yourself who is going through a difficult time, there’s a wonderful way you can help them receive care. The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need of care from a pastor, the church office, a friend (only after the person in need has granted permisssion), or from a person who is in need of care.
Our Referrals Coordinator meets with 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 that person to provide distinctively Christian and strictly confidential care.
Click Here to visit the Stephen Ministry Website to learn more about one-on-one Christian care.
Contact: Abbie Risteen (817) 706-5281 or Tammy Sandoval (817) 602-5719