Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower trained lay care givers, called Stephen Ministers, to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry. We plant a seed of hope and walk alongside throughout the journey. It is God who brings about the healing. Among many issues it may be due to:
Grief before or after death
Divorce or separation
Recent job loss
Overwhelmed by being a care giver
Pre-natal or post-birth concerns, or serious surgery
Maybe a trained Stephen Minister by your side can help quiet your weary spirit. We are care givers at FBC who walk with you—the care receiver – listening prayerfully but not judging, in confidence, with empathy. In time, God, the Cure Giver will heal your broken spirit.
To receive the care of a FBC Cumming Stephen Minister, contact FBC Church Office | 770.887.2428
Stephen Ministry Leadership Team
Ken Danuser: Pastoral Liaison
Team Lead: Kathie Pettit
Awareness: Patrick Kennedy
Training: Jeanne Caison
Referrals: Gretchen Canterbury
What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay care givers, called Stephen Ministers, to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Stephen Ministry. No one knows the identity of a care receiver except for his or her Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired the two together.
How Stephen Ministry Works
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation by building awareness, recruiting and training Stephen Ministers, matching care receivers with Stephen Ministers and providing Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education. People learn to be Stephen Leaders by attending a one-week training course, which includes 50 hours of training.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times.
A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women.
Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—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.