Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times.
WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
We all experience challenges in life - times when we could 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 of difficulty such as -
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual crisis
- Unemployment or a job crisis
- A terminal illness
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
- A chronic illness
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
- And many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private. UPPC has a lasting commitment to providing care to the congregation and the community. Our congregation’s 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 caregiving 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 is a need
If you are interested having a Stephen Minister, please contact:
Jill McMullen | Minister of Care and Evangelism | 253.564.2522 ext. 139 | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Bear one another’s burdens and in this way fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2