Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. A Stephen Minister receives 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care. They listen, care, pray, support and encourage.
As Christians, we are called to share in the joys and sorrows of others. Sharing the joy is usually a lot easier than sharing the sorrow. We may not know how to comfort someone in pain – either physical or emotional. We may not know what to say when facing another’s grief. Well, the good news is that we don’t have to say anything. We just need to be there. But can we be there for as long as our friend needs us? There is someone who can — that person is a Stephen Minister.
Your Stephen Ministers are trained to listen and not judge, to encourage through their presence and their prayers. If you or someone you know needs a Christian friend to walk with them until they are ready to walk on their own again, please call the Congregational Care office at (352) 750-4529.