STEPHEN MINISTRY

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)


Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place at First CRC. Stephen Ministry congregations, like First, equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. 


A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages. Stephen Ministry relationships continue for a limited amount of time, from a few weeks or months to two or three years.

Stephen Ministers maintain strict confidentiality.

Stephen Ministers provide care to a variety of people for many different reasons: those who have a terminal illness, those who have lost loved ones, people who are having family problems, who are relocating, who have lost a job, or who need help to think through life's challenges.

Stephen Ministers are lay people who have received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.


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You are encouraged to contact Elsie Barba (Stephen Ministry Coordinator) or Pastor Justin for a referral to a Stephen Minister.