What Is Stephen Ministry?
The Stephen Ministry Program is a caring, non-judgmental and confidential one-to-one relationship between a trained volunteer and a person experiencing a difficult time or transition in his/her life. Stephen Ministers complete a four-month training course covering Christian caregiving and crisis intervention, followed by twice-monthly supervision and continuing education sessions. In addition, they are committed to providing a listening and supportive environment to those in need of care.
Stephen Ministers commit to serve others and participate in regular supervision groups for an initial two-year period, though many choose to serve for much longer.
To learn more about Stephen Ministry:
Watch a video that will help you understand more about what a Stephen Minister does.
Watch a video that shows what people think about receiving care through Stephen Ministry.
Looking for more detailed information on Stephen Ministry? Please visit the Stephen Ministry website.
Contact Stephen Ministry at Good Shepherd with specific questions or needs.
How to Request a Stephen Minister
If you feel that you or someone you know might appreciate this intentional, Christian relationship – one designed to help you through a difficult time – please contact Pastor Tim Brown or a Stephen Leader. All requests are held in the highest confidence and will not be shared.
How to Become a Stephen Minister
If you feel God has given you the spiritual gifts of caring and support and are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact any of the Stephen Leaders or Pastoral Staff.
- Jeanne VanDivender – Leadership Team Coordinator
- Pastor Tim Brown
Stephen Leadership Team
- Jeanne VanDivender
- Ann Buff
- Martha Jubera
- Pam Montgomery
- Martha Sanderson
- Pastor Tim Brown
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Testimonies from Stephen Ministers at Good Shepherd
“While serving as a caregiver is naturally focused on helping another person by listening and showing the care for someone in need as Jesus has asked and expected us to do, it has also allowed me to grow in my own faith. Working as a caregiver has allowed me to bring more thought and to be more open to praying with and for another person, and to sense and to trust more deeply God’s presence in my own life. And of course, I feel that I have grown in what I believe is an important skill for ALL people but which is the key tenant for Stephen Ministry—and that is LISTENING! Through prayer and by listening, we can develop UNDERSTANDING for another person’s suffering and needs. Listening also allows us to SEE another person and to VALUE their place in God’s world. “
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another without complaining” 1 Peter 4:10. I believe that as Christians we are called to serve our fellow man. I also believe that at times we need to be served. I was fortunate to have been raised in a family where service was expected. Even though my parents were of modest means, they were excellent role models, serving in our church and in the community. My family and I have also been the recipients of the compassionate service of others, for that I am forever grateful. For me, serving as a Stephen Minister has been the perfect vehicle to allow me to serve others. When I was in great need I was blessed to have a wonderful caregiver from Stephen Ministry. His care inspired a desire in me to try to be of the same type of service to someone else in need. I don’t have any special gifts to offer, but I do have a compassionate nature, and willingness to serve, and I think those are the two most important qualities required of a Stephen Minister. “