Stephen Ministry

Pastors will always been on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis, but there are many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry provides a Biblical solution by equipping God’s people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors provide. Stephen Ministers reach out with God’s love to people who are hurting—both congregation members and nonmembers alike. For more information, visit Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. A Stephen Minister is…
  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.A congregation member with gifts for care-giving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
  • A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need

Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times:

We all experience challenges in life — times when we would benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation/marriage difficulty
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging/Care of the elderly
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Many more life situations

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry

The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

If you are a member of the Providence UMC church family, Stephen Ministry is YOUR ministry

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
  • PRAY for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • ACCEPT CARE from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • TELL A FRIEND, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry program. We care for all of God’s children, not just those belonging to our congregation.
  • CONSIDER becoming a Stephen Minister if you are a good listener and a compassionate person.
  • CONTACT our Senior Pastor or one of our Stephen Leaders if you know someone who could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister or if you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister: Karen Post 678-850-7848 or Senior Pastor Rev. Herb Flanders 770-719-8800, ext. 2229