Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Since 1998 First Presbyterian Church of Green Bay has participated in Stephen Ministry. We are part of a coalition of churches who meet twice a month for education and training.
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.
Our lay caregivers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
Stephen Minister training is a Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills. Trainees learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life.
The congregation’s Stephen Leaders provide training using resources from Stephen Ministries St. Louis. The training received in the congregation equips lay caregivers to provide high-quality care to people who are hurting.
Once the 50 hours of training is completed, Stephen Ministers are matched with a person experiencing a life crisis. They will meet with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the need for care exists.
If you sense that God might be calling you to serve as a Stephen Minister, the first step is to contact Pastor Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about getting involved.
To learn more about Stephen Ministry visit https://www.stephenministries.org