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.