Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one, Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministers serve as a presence in the life of another person offering needed care while remembering that only Christ offers a cure. The Stephen Ministry logo symbolizes that we are broken people and that it is through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I refer someone to the Stephen Ministry?
If you feel that Stephen Ministry would be beneficial to you or someone you care about, please contact the church office at (325) 949-9633, or call the Referral Coordinator, Sybil Holveck, at home (325-944-8798) or cell (325-656-7697). You can also send a confidential email to .
If you are calling about someone else, please be sure to get their permission first. Sybil will meet with the potential care receiver to have a conversation about Stephen Ministry and whether it's a good fit for the person and their situation.
What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is:
- A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
- A congregation member with gifts for care-giving, who has 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, & encourages.
- Someone who will be there for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there's a need.
Who is Stephen Ministry for?
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:
- Loss of a Loved One
- Divorce or Separation
- Loneliness or Discouragement
- Spiritual Crisis
- Unemployment or Job Crisis
- Terminal Illness
- Birth, Adoption, Miscarriage, or Infertility
- Chronic Illness
- Recovery After an Accident or Disaster
- Anything else a person needs help with
Do I have to be a church member to receive care?
No, Stephen Ministry is a ministry that is open to all people regardless of church membership or church background.
How can I be involved in Stephen Ministry?
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's what you can do:
- Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
- Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. (God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone.)
- Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
- If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.
If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister or have any questions about Stephen Ministry, contact one of our Stephen Leaders or church staff.