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.
Are You Experiencing a "Winter" in Your Life?
In addition to the cold weather outside, many people experience "winters" in their personal lives. A recent loss through death, divorce, or relocation may leave them feeling lonely. A hospitalization, cancer diagnosis, or ongoing medical problems may leave them feeling isolated. The loss of a job, the fear of layoffs, or a financial setback can devastate one's self-esteem. Family and personal struggles may leave them with nowhere to turn for support.
If you are going through a difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can bring God's warm love back into your life. They provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will meet with you privately on a weekly basis to listen, support, and encourage you, to pray with and for you, and
To find out more about Stephen Ministry and how you or someone you know could be matched with a Stephen Minister, talk with Pastor Chris Curran at 949-9633 or Referrals Coordinator Sybil Holveck at 656-7679. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to care for you!
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 (325-656-7679). 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
- 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.