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STEPHEN MINISTRY

Welcome to our Stephen Ministry page. One of our stated core values to which we are steadfastly committed is that we are a Relationally Driven community. Spiritual formation and maturity can only be realized in healthy community. But community also is where people of brokenness and suffering may find a safe place.

About Stephen Ministry

City Church’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals 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 initial training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens. Cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • Someone who will “be there” for her or his care receiver; meeting faithfully for an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges and difficulties in life when we could lean on the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to offer that kind of support we need when facing a crisis of difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment
  • A Terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after and accident or disaster
  • And much more
Stephen Leaders Are…
Limitations of the Stephen Ministry
  • When individuals coping with emotional and physical burdens may be in need of professional care.
  • Stephen Ministers do not function in the role of a professional therapist. Care receivers under the care of a mental health professional must consult with that professional in order to be assigned a Stephen Minister.
  • Stephen Ministers do not run errands or provide meals. They are not problem solvers, but focus on a ministry of listening, help, and giving support.
  • Stephen Ministers are not service providers. They are “care givers,” not “cure givers.”
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