Stephen Ministry is a Christ-centered, confidential and supervised, one-on-one caring ministry where well-trained lay people from our own congregation walk alongside hurting people and “connect them with the healing love of God.”
For about an hour once a week a Stephen Minister meets with a hurting person who is struggling with a crisis or difficulty in life to listen, care, encourage, and pray. Although not counselors, therapists, problem solvers, or casual visitors, Stephen Ministers bring Christ’s presence into the person’s life and also experience Christ in the other person.
This is a ministry that makes a real difference in people’s lives when they need it the most –a blessing for both the care receiver as well as the Stephen Minister who has the opportunity to experience spiritual growth, develop stronger relational skills, and bring Christ’s love into the lives of hurting people.
Stephen Ministry is a ministry where each person in the entire congregation has an important role to play:
· Some pray that God will bring hope and healing to hurting people through our
· Some will accept care from a Stephen Minister because God does not expect us to bear our burdens alone.
· Still others will tell their friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives who are hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
· Finally, others are called to serve. So if you’re a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister at Faith Assembly.