What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministers are compassionate lay people who listen, encourage, and offer support to people in our congregation or community who are experiencing difficult times. A Stephen Minister is not a professional counselor or therapist, but rather a fellow Christian who has been specially trained to help you through the confusion, stress, or loneliness. Care receivers and Stephen Ministers are always matched by gender. The identity of those receiving care and what is discussed in each caring relationship always remain confidential.
Can a Stephen Minister Help Me?
Stephen Ministers are available to those who are facing crises such as grief over the loss of a loved one, separation or divorce, a chronic, serious, or terminal illness, a job or financial crisis, the birth or adoption of a child, loneliness, aging, or the stress of caring for a loved one.
If you would like to know more about how a Stephen Minister can help you or someone you care about please contact one of our Stephen Leaders or call the church’s Stephen Ministry phone number listed below.
Could I Become a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Minister are people who are caring, emotionally stable, dependable, and trustworthy. The Stephen Leaders at Bethlehem offer a 50 hour Stephen Ministry training class every two years to prepare interested men and women to become Stephen Ministers. Following training, Stephen Ministers are commissioned and paired with care receivers. The Stephen Leaders provide twice monthly continuing education and supervision.
For more information please visit the Stephen Ministry website
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2
Stephen Ministry Leader