Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry designed to help people going through tough transitions in life.  They are not therapists, but they actively listen and walk alongside people experiencing grief, loss, or tense relationships. Stephen Ministers don’t judge and or share details of those who trust them.

Stephen Ministers are available for one-on-one weekly visits, to be a presence of Christian love and caring for those who need support.

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, five congregation members were commissioned as Stephen ministers. Rev. Nancy Lynn offered a panel discussion with Tom Jackson, Amy Kennedy, Granville Lee, Elaine Shaw, and Jean Wong as her message that morning. Listen to their conversation below:

During the Covid-19 Pandemic in May 2020, three more friends completed their 50+ hours of Stephen Ministry training. We celebrate their commitment and offer much gratitude to Jean Bush-Bacelis, Rebecca Steiner and Julie Zawacki for their dedication to training and their willingness to serve our community.

Do you feel a deep sense of worry about Covid-19? It is normal to feel a bit stressed and unsettled, but our church has a confidential ministry to help when folks feel overwhelmed. If you desire to speak with a good listener who is a calm, supportive presence, contact Amy Kennedy (amy@fumc-a2.org) or Elaine Shaw (ekshaw@comcast.net) to arrange a phone call with a Stephen Minister.

If you have wondered about the work of the Stephen Ministers, please listen in to this interview recorded at the beginning of July.

To learn more, contact the church office or email amy@fumc-a2.org or marty@fumc-a2.org