Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry Can Help

Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders.  

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer free, high-quality, one-to-one, confidential Christian care to people going through tough times. 

Learn more:

  • What Is a Stephen Minister?—Stephen Ministers describe how much they grow from serving in this ministry.
  • Stephen Minister Training—A Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills. Participants will learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life.

Care receivers are people—congregation members—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. Watch videos with stories from care receivers.

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
  • Men are matched with men; women with women.
  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

Learn more:

If you would like more information, please contact Reverand Kevin Horak, Associate Pastor at 330-562-8266 ext. 222.

“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV)