The current ministry of lay Christian caregivers among us has been going on since 2015. We thank God that he has given us the gift of these people. Having completed their training, our Stephen Ministers are putting their skills and compassion to work, caring for people in our congregation. Perhaps you have thought about becoming a Stephen Minister in the near future. If that is the case, talk with a Stephen Leader or a Pastor about how you might serve.
Do you have a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is going through a difficult time? Here’s a great way you can help them—tell them about our Stephen Ministry! Stephen Ministers are members of Eastminster who have received special training to provide high-quality, confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, coping with a cancer diagnosis, going through a divorce or separation, battling a chronic illness (or caring for a spouse or parent who is chronically ill), experiencing a great deal of stress, facing the loss of a job—or encountering any of countless other life challenges.
Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receivers to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. (Males are matched with males, and females are matched with females.) The caring relationship lasts for as long as the person needs care. It’s free, and it’s a powerful way you can help a hurting friend.
To learn how to connect someone you know with a Stephen Minister, talk with one of our Pastors or Stephen Leaders. Fill out the following form to be contacted in confidence about a referral, or anything else you would like to talk about.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church is one of more than 11,000 Stephen Ministry congregations – from more than 100 denominations – worldwide. Since 1975 more than half a million Stephen Ministers have been trained, providing care to more than two million people in need. For more about Stephen Ministries organization and the many resources it offers, log on to www.stephenministries.org.