What is Stephen Ministry?

It is a ministry that provides the resources for Christian laypeople to minister to hurting people. The training involved teaches participants how to come alongside a hurting friend, loved one, or even a stranger and help them by listening and, most importantly, praying with and for that person.

For a moment, think about the following:
People who are grieving the loss of a loved one
People who are hospitalized
People being treated for cancer
People who are experiencing divorce
People who have lost jobs
People experiencing spiritual crisis
People with major life transitions

This is just a short list of what people in our congregation and TV audience are going through. The following is a great way to explain the ministry: In summary, Stephen Ministry is made up of “After People” who come alongside and provide comfort and support by being the hands and feet of Christ in our culture. They are there:

after the phone call you hoped you would never get.
after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.
after the funeral, when everyone has left and emotions come crashing in on you.
after you are told the job you counted on is no longer there.

“And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whenever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:40 HCSB