Who are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who…

  • express God’s care through their lives to others
  • receive 40 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts
  • are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training
  • visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care
  • participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders
  • are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
  • serve for at least one year
  • receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service

What does a Stephen Minister do? A Stephen Minister gives one-to-one, lay Christian care.

  • One-to-one: Stephen Ministers meet privately with one care receiver of the same gender.
  • Lay: Stephen Ministers are trained and supervised lay volunteers, not professional counselors or therapists, pastors, or physicians. Stephen Ministers are not authorized to give legal, medical, financial, or any other advice, but Bible-based encouragement.
  • Christian: Stephen Ministers are Christians who care in the name of Christ. They are willing to talk about spiritual issues but won’t force them.
  • Care: Stephen Ministers care by listening, supporting, encouraging, praying, being dependable and trustworthy and maintaining confidentiality in their care giving.
 If you would like a Stephen Minister please fill out the following form:Stephen Minister Request Form

To connect with a Stephen Minister please contact Chris Von Ins, 614-837-1458 or call the church office, 837-3732.