What is Stephen Ministry?
At Fellowship Bible, Stephen Ministry equips laypeople to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.
A Stephen Minister is…
- A child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting.
- A congregation member who is carefully selected to serve in this role because of his or her caregiving gifts.
- A layperson with 50 hours of training in providing high-quality, distinctively Christian care.
- A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
- Someone who meets faithfully each week with his or her care receiver for as long as there’s a need.
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life–times when we could benefit from care and support. Stephen Ministers can 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 a job crisis
- A terminal illness
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
- A chronic illness
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
- Many other of life’s challenges
If you could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, or if you know someone who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister contact Director of Care Ministry, Theresa Emerson.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister…
Stephen Ministry Interest Meeting
Sycamore Room | North Foyer
Fellowship Bible will launching this new segment of ministry, with the training of our first class of Stephen Ministers, beginning in January of 2018. Stephen Ministers work alongside our pastors to care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, or loneliness. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement, and listening, please begin to prayerfully consider whether you might want to be part of this exciting ministry.
Interested in serving as a Stephen Minister, or would like more information, stop by our table in the North Foyer, November 19. Then, join us for the informational meeting on November 30. Further questions, contact Theresa Emerson, Director of Care Ministry.