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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community.  

Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who:

  • express God’s care through their lives to others
  • receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts
  • are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training
  • visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care
  • participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders
  • are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
  • serve for at least two years
  • receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service



Stephen Ministers are laypeople – Christian men and women – trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as:

  • grief
  • divorce
  • job loss
  • chronic or terminal illness
  • relocation
  • or separation due to military deployment
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
Stephen Ministry is confidential ministry; those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.


To see a video about Stephen Ministry.


If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, call the church office at 770.345.5969 or email Janet Chalmers.

Stephen Ministry Training

If interested in serving as a Stephen Minister, please contact Janet Chalmers.