Are you in one of life's storms? We are here to help and encourage you. Please consider allowing a Stephen Minister to walk with you on your journey back to wholeness.
What does a Stephen Minister do?
A Stephen Minister gives one-to-one, lay Christian care.
- One-to-one: Stephen Ministers meet privately with one care receiver of the same gender.
- Lay: Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised lay volunteers. Stephen Ministers are not authorized to give legal, medical, financial, or any other professional advice, but Bible-based encouragement.
- Christian: Stephen Ministers are Christians who care in the name of Christ. They are willing to talk about spiritual issues but won’t force them.
- Care: Stephen Ministers care by listening, supporting, encouraging, praying, being dependable, trustworthy and maintaining confidentiality in their caregiving.
Stephen Ministers keep personal information confidential. Therefore, you can feel free to share with your Stephen Minister.
On rare occasions, a Stephen Minister, in consultation with a Stephen Leader or pastor, may decide that the best way to care for a care receiver is to consult with a professional. In such cases, confidentiality is strictly maintained.
When you are receiving ministry from a Stephen Minister, it is important to honor the commitment you have made to meet with your Stephen Minister, and to take an active role. Stephen Ministry works best when you and your Stephen Minister develop a good relationship based on mutual trust, honesty, communication and respect.
You have the right to terminate your relationship with your Stephen Minister at any time.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the help and support of a Stephen Minister, or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please call our Pastor at (410) 766-2283
In early April 2010, the PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry. Click here to view this feature on the PBS Web site.
Growing our Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministers are Christian volunteers who are available to support you when dealing with deep personal issues. Stephen Ministers care by listening, supporting, encouraging, praying, being dependable, trustworthy and maintaining confidentiality in their caregiving.
We are currently seeking new candidates for upcoming Stephen Ministry classes!