There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties in life. God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone. Stephen Ministry seeks to bring Jesus’ love to hurting people through caring relationships. Stephen Ministers experience more than 50 hours of training to provide one-to-one, confidential Christian care to those who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, or relocated, and others who are facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are trained lay caregivers who are there to listen and care.
Request a Stephen Minister
Are you hurting? Looking for someone to speak with confidentially? Stephen Ministry is here to help you!
Stephen Ministers give one-to-one, lay Christian care to those who are hurting or in need. A Stephen Minister meets privately with one care receiver of the same gender.
When: By appointment
Where: At a location convenient to you and your Stephen Minister
Contact Pastor Todd Lotridge to confidentially inquire about obtaining a Stephen Minister.
Train to be a Stephen Minister
Plans have already begun to start another Stephen Ministry training September 2022. If you want to know more about the training or feel a call to participate, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Todd and get your name on the list.
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.
Stephen Ministers are Christians who care in the name of Christ. They are willing to talk about spiritual issues but won’t force them. They care by listening, supporting, encouraging, praying, being dependable and trustworthy and maintaining confidentiality in their care giving. 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).
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for on-going, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution.
Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout the church and community.
- Congregations receive a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV).
- Pastors have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people.
- Laypeople nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.
- People who are hurting have a compassionate companion—a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support.