Stephen Ministry

What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are congregation members that receive 50 hours of initial training as well as continuing education during bi-monthly meetings. Trained by Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Many people are given the gift of listening, providing encouragement, and just being present when others are struggling. If this is you, then God may be calling you to serve in EVC’s Stephen Ministry.
What if I need a Stephen Minister?

In Stephen Ministry, those in need are called “Care Receivers.” A Care Receiver is someone who is struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis. If that is you, then you may need a Stephen Minister to provide the care you’re looking for.

Here are some important things to know about the Stephen Minister – Care Receiver relationship:

  • 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.

If you would like to meet with a Stephen Minister, click here to fill out our online form.