Bethany’s Stephen Ministers are here to listen and care for members of our congregation and community who experience difficult life transitions.
The Stephen Ministry Logo symbolizes we all are broken people and it is only through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole. The Stephen Minister is the Care Giver. Christ is the Cure Giver.
We all experience challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers will “be there” for their care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need.
Could you or someone you know benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care of a Stephen Minister? To Hear Care Receivers Tell Their Stories, Click Here
Stephen Ministry equips Bethany members (Stephen Ministers) to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care, to persons experiencing difficulties such as changes in relationships, family, employment, relocation, finances, health, spiritual needs, and more.
Stephen Ministry carefully recruits, selects, trains, and provides on-going support to Stephen Ministers so they can provide the best care to their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ commands…
To equip the saints for the work of ministry. - Ephesians 4:12a
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other. - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2
A Stephen Minister is a Bethany member who has completed 50 hours of Christ-centered relationship training and is willing to make a minimum two-year service commitment. Once trained, commissioned Stephen Ministers provide quality care to a care-receiver for about one hour each week, to help in a life challenge or crisis. Commissioned Stephen Ministers also commit to attend peer supervision and continuing education sessions twice per month.
Do your spiritual gifts, interests, wounds and passions match this ministry?
Are you desiring to grow spiritually and make a difference?
Is God calling you to Stephen Ministry?
It really takes the pressure off to know I don’t have to try to fix things. All I need to do is just be there—and watch God work in my care receiver’s life.
A byproduct of being a Stephen Minister is that my faith has deepened. I talk to God all the time and constantly see Him at work in my life.
I feel now that God definitely has a use for me—to walk alongside someone and help make their load a little bit lighter.