Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry at First Church

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

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 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.

 

 

About the Leaders of Our Congregation’s Stephen Ministry…

Stephen Leaders are pastors, church staff, and/or lay persons who have completed a seven-day Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course and are commissioned to lead the Stephen Ministry of our congregation.

Our congregation’s Stephen Leaders can…

  • help you or someone you know receive care from a Stephen Minister;
  • tell you how to become a Stephen Minister;
  • tell you about Stephen Ministry training and our next training class;
  • answer other questions about our congregation’s Stephen Ministry program.

How You Can Support Our Congregation’s Stephen Ministry…

  • Pray for our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers as they provide Christian care to others.
  • Pray for all who are receiving confidential care through the Stephen Ministry of our congregation.
  • Tell Stephen Leaders about those who might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister; be sure to get that person’s permission first!
  • Tell others in our community about the availability of our congregation’s Stephen Ministry and the care it can provide.
  • Receive Stephen Ministry when you are in need of supportive Christian care.
  • Consider Serving as a Stephen Minister.
  • Support Stephen Ministry with your financial gifts.

If you would like more information about Stephen Ministry, contact a Stephen Leader at stephenministry@fumc-rr.org or call:
Carol Crawford, 512-775-5339, Michael Heath, 512-348-7624, Paul Pulley, 512-828-3871
Charlene Terrell, 512-255-0001, Rachel Albin, 512-762-2136, or Janet Crockett, 281-658-8465.