Stephen's 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, illness, etc.  

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry; those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.

Stephen Ministry


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

Hickory Flat
United Methodist Church

4056 East Cherokee Drive, Canton, GA 30115

Office Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Thursday

Church: 770.345.5969   Preschool: 770.345.9354

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