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Stephen Ministry


What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister is…

  • a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
  • a parishioner with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
  • a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
  • someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, 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 the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to 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
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

If you would like to speak with a Stephen Minister, or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the Reverend Canon Christy Dorn, or 816.214.9953.

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