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Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is confidential, one-on-one care from trained lay ministers for those who are dealing with a difficult time in their life - such as loss, divorce, illness, unemployment, birth, adoption, and many other life changes. The most important thing that Stephen Ministers do is to listen to you and to be a supportive presence during your difficult time.

Could You Benefit From a Stephen Minister?

“My Stephen Minister is more than a trusted friend. In her presence, I experience God’s grace. I feel cared for, strengthened, and supported. She is truly a gift.” - Nancy

We all experience challenges in life - times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. A common reaction when we have problems is to just tough it out and say “I can do it myself.” Yes, you probably can - but why not have somebody walk with you through it?

If you would like to discuss meeting with a Stephen Minister, or to refer someone in need, please contact Barbara Bennett, Referrals Coordinator, , (858) 484-4974, or contact the Pastoral Care Team at (858) 487-0811 x221.

Are You Interested in Becoming a Stephen Minister?

God often sends people to us to be the visible, tangible expression of Jesus Christ walking on earth. Join the Stephen Ministers receive excellent training to be a better listener, a more compassionate friend, and to walk alongside someone who needs you. All of us have special gifts and can add so much to this vital and important ministry. To find out more about Stephen Ministry and the rewards of participating, contact the Pastoral Care Team at (858) 487-0811 x221.

The After People

People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People.

Stephen Ministers are there...
. . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
. . . after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.
. . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
. . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
. . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, "Welcome to your new home.”
. . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
. . . after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
. . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
. . . after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
. . . after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.

For more information, contact the Pastoral Care Team at (858) 487-0811 x221.