stephen ministry

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to individuals who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives.  It is walking the journey with another, assuring the support of Christian love, confidentiality, and careful listening along the way.  A Stephen Minister has received over fifty hours of training and is committed to provide support to another who may be facing a specific need such as:

  • Loneliness
  • Bereavement
  • Job Loss
  • Spiritual Crisis
  • Terminal Illness
  • Depression
  • Relocation
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce
  • Single Parenting
  • Family Crisis
  • Aging

Acts 6 offers the scriptural foundation for Stephen Ministry.  Stephen was the first lay person commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need.

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

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. –Thessalonians 5:11

If you would like more information or would like to request a Stephen Minister, please contact Jill Hinrichs, Minister of Pastoral Care and Visitation, at (630) 325-1280.

Three Breaks Everyday

Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself

1. Physical

The benefits of exercise on your physical and mental health are well known. Walk around the block, walk your dog, ride your bike, do a simple workout video, a 20-minute stretch routine, lift weights, find a chair yoga video. Sleep eight hours a day, drink eight glasses of water. Sing out loud and don’t forget to laugh.

2. Social

Grab a cup of coffee and call a friend, church member, neighbor, or a shut in you haven’t seen or talked to in a long time. The joy of an unexpected call can truly make someone’s day. Send a card with a hand written note. Do a random act of kindness. Social connection is one of the best stress breakers.

3. Spiritual

This is anything that lifts your spirits and soothes your soul. Praying, meditating, reading Scripture or a daily devotional, listening to music, deep breathing, looking at something beautiful that Mother Nature provides, being aware of grace moments, having an attitude of gratitude, and doing something that gives meaning to your life.