Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.
Do you need to talk to someone who knows how to listen? Would you like to talk with a qualified person about a personal situation in your life? Are you looking for a caring person to help you through a personal crisis? Stephen Ministry is a free and confidential program that provides one-to-one Christian care to hurting people within our congregation and surrounding community.
Stephen Ministers are committed Christian men and women who:
Stephen Ministers pledge a vow of confidentiality regarding anything discussed between an individual and their Stephen Minister. The only exceptions are when a possible suicide or harm to another person exists. The reputation and integrity of the Stephen Ministry program depends on that vow of confidentiality.
There may, on occasion, be times when a care receiver is asked to give permission for the Stephen Minister to consult with a pastor or a Stephen Leader about how to most effectively provide care. This would be similar to a family doctor consulting with a specialist.
If you are embarrassed to talk about your difficulties and concerns, Stephen Ministers have been trained to be non-judgmental and to accept you exactly as you are. In fact, they have probably felt much this same kind of embarrassment at one time or another. While it may be difficult at first, a Stephen Minister can help you learn to get over embarrassment so that you can go on from there.
Needs that can be met by a Stephen Minister include, but are not limited to:
As the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the needs for care continue to grow in congregations and communities everywhere. People are struggling with a variety of challenges. Many people are feeling very disconnected and are having a tough time right now.
Are you or someone you know experiencing Pandemic Fatigue?
If so, you don’t have to face it alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. A Stephen Minister is available to meet with you privately—by phone, by video chat, or if safely possible, in-person – to offer care and support. It’s free and completely confidential. We now have a new, dedicated, confidential voicemail to ask questions regarding Stephen Ministry or to request a Stephen Minister. Call us at (925) 344-6831.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Do you have a heart for those who are hurting? Are you a good listener? Do you have time in your life to meet regularly with someone and walk with them through a difficult time?
Stephen Ministry is a churchwide caring ministry that provides training to people in our congregation so they can provide distinctively Christian, one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances. Stephen Ministers provide an extension of pastoral care because they are able to reach more people with Christian care than pastors can by themselves.
We are always accepting applications to become a Stephen Minister. To inquire about the process to apply please contact us.
You matter to God. The things that bring you joy and sadness matter to Him. God has promised to be there for us when we pray. As a ministry, we want to include you in our prayers.
Below you will find a simple form that you can use to request prayer. We value your privacy and will only share information as you desire it shared. We have a prayer team that receives email updates with items to pray for. You can direct your prayer requests to our prayer team or just to our ministry staff depending on the nature of your request.
If you desire a pastoral follow-up related to your request please note that below.
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