Stephen Ministry

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What is Stephen Ministry?

We all go through times in our life when we could benefit from a little extra care and attention. That’s what Stephen Ministry is for. Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are going through a difficult time.

How does Stephen Ministry work?

A trained Stephen Minister is matched with a person going through a difficult time. The Stephen Minister meets with the care receiver to listen, care, encourage, pray with and for that person, and provide weekly support for as long as that person's need persists.

Who are the Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are members of PAC who have been trained by their Stephen Leaders to offer care to people who are hurting.

Who are the Care Receivers?

Care receivers are individuals in the congregation or community who are going through a difficult time—grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or other life crises. Care receivers are matched with a Stephen Minister and the caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care. The identity of care receivers and anything that is shared remains confidential.

Why participate in Stephen Ministry?

  • Congregations carry out Christ’s commandment to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 ESV) in a powerful and practical way.

  • 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 caring Christian presence to provide emotional and spiritual support.