Stephen Ministry is a Christian-based caring ministry that provides one-to-one, confidential care to those experiencing difficult times in their lives.  The lay Care Givers are proclaiming through word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Stephen Ministers have received over 50 hours of training to equip them to care for the needs of hurting individuals. 

Relationships may last for several months or for several years.  Situations such as job loss, death of spouse or child, medical situations, marital problems, difficulties and disappointment with family members or outside circumstances are the types of issues that Stephen Ministers are trained to work with.  Stephen Ministers do not provide solutions but they enable the Care Receiver to recognize God working in their lives and move forward in a positive manner.

First Presbyterian Church has training classes for new Stephen Ministers about every other year.  Stephen Ministers must be church members. Often Stephen Ministers find their own faith and people skills strengthened in training and serving. A minimum of a two year commitment is required, but often Stephen Ministers serve for many more years.

If you would like to find out more about Stephen Ministry, please contact the Intake Stephen Leader, Lois Ecklund at 805.461.1470.

 Galatians 6:2 says, “Share one another’s burdens.”  When one of us is hurting and lost, we are all at risk.  “Our lives are woven together for a reason: each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry.”    (The Word For You, Oct. 24)


For more information on the national ministry of Stephen Ministers, please click here.