Stephen Ministry

If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself, a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or someone else you know – inside or outside our congregation – please email

GOD’s Love in Action

There are times in life when you face or experience difficulties. In these times, you could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed when faced with a crisis or difficulty.

These needs include but are not limited to…

  • Those grieving a death or serious loss.
  • Those who are hospitalized.
  • The separated or divorced.
  • Those facing loneliness or discouragement.
  • Those in a spiritual crisis.
  • Those with a job crisis.
  • The terminally ill and their families.
  • Those with a chronic illness.
  • The aging and elderly.
  • Households experiencing birth or adoption.
  • People who move into or out of our community.
  • Those facing life transitions.
  • Those needing the support of a Christian friend.
  • Those with disabilities and their families.
  • Prisoners, ex-offenders, and their families.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry and the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private. Friends Church’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who…

  • Express God’s care through their lives to others.
  • Are a congregation member with gifts for caregiving who are carefully selected to serve in this role and commissioned by the Elders of the Church.
  • Receive extensive care training in caring ministry skills and concepts.
  • Visit their care receiver regularly and dependably, offering Christian support and care.
  • Participate in monthly personal support, supervision, and continuing education for skill building under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders.
  • Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship.
  • Serve for at least two years in this ministry.

Stephen Ministry Winter Training 2016

Wed nights, Jan 25, 6:30-9pm