What is the Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and our community. A Stephen minister can listen, offer resources and referrals, pray with and for you, and offer Christian love and support, while maintaining your privacy and confidentiality. They are caring, supportive Christian people who have a desire to be with you in a time of need, grief or crisis.
Whom Do I Call?
If you are in need of a Stephen Minister or know someone who is, or if you would like to learn more about the program, please call the church office or fill out the “Contact Us” form. You need will be handled with utmost confidentiality.
Stephen Ministers have been trained to help individuals in all sorts of need:confusion and feelings of loss of control with life and its problems, crisis of faith, chronic pain issues, job and career worries, loneliness, grief and loss, pregnancy/childbirth, unwanted pregnancy, single parenthood, empty nest, financial problems, retirement, unemployment, aging parents, terminal or chronic illnesses, and disability.
At First Presbyterian we have had over 50 members trained as Stephen Ministers and even more members who have received the love and encouragement of someone walking along side them in their time of need. We have seven active Stephen Ministers. Our resources are available to YOU! The Stephen Ministry library includes books for Stephen minister continuing education, speaker notes, and other resources.
If you are interested in “checking out” any of the Stephen Ministry resources, contact a Stephen Leader or read more about the Stephen Ministry Program at www.stephenministries.org.