A STEPHEN MINISTER IS....

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • A person who will "be there" for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, as long as there is a need

 

STEPHEN MINISTERS CARE FOR PEOPLE FACING TOUGH TIMES

We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

  1. Loss of a loved one
  2. Hospitalization
  3. Divorce or separation
  4. Loneliness or discouragement
  5. Spiritual crisis
  6. Unemployment or a job crisis
  7. A terminal illness
  8. Incarceration
  9. Aging
  10. Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  11. A chronic illness
  12. Relocation
  13. Recovery after an accident or disaster

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private. Contact us: stephenministry@ebenezerunited.org.  

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?

Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.