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.

Serving as a Stephen Minister is an opportunity to provide care and support for others. The need has been on the rise with COVID-19. To meet this demand, we are looking for more people in our congregation to provide support for those facing crises or life challenges. As a trained Stephen Minster, you will be able to provide confidential one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are going through a difficult time.Stephen Ministers listen, explore feelings, pray, maintain confidentiality, share Christ’s love, attend to the care-giving process, and leave the results to God.

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
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • 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 our Care Ministries Director, Theresa Emerson, at: theresa.emerson@fellowshipwaco.org.

Would you like to know more about Stephen Ministry? Watch the brief video below
to hear from some of our current Stephen Ministers about how being a part of this
ministry has impacted their lives and the lives of others.