Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide confidential, distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and in our community.
The purpose of Stephen Ministry is not to tell you how to handle personal problems or to replace clergy, but to offer support, suggest possible alternatives, and provide Christian caring in complete confidentiality.
The Stephen Ministry is named in honor of Stephen who was the first lay person commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6:1-7).
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenging times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide emotional and spiritual care for individuals facing a crisis or difficulty, such as:
Our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastors to reach more people with Christian care than pastors can by themselves. People who receive care from a Stephen Minister: receive quality Christian care, deepen their relation with the Lord, grown in their desire to participate in Christian community, and come to value ministry from another lay person while continuing contact with the pastor. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
How You Can Contact our Stephen Ministry?Call the church office at 410-833-2160 Email us at www.cogpca.org