Our Mission

Stephen Ministry is a Christ-centered ministry of trained caregivers who serve people in need, walking alongside them in God's life-changing love.

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.

Learn More about Stephen Ministry

Watch this video that will help you understand more about what a Stephen Minister does. 

Watch this video that shows what people think about receiving care through Stephen Ministry. 

Looking for more detailed information on Stephen Ministry? Visit the Stephen Ministry website

Contact Stephen Ministry at Good Shepherd with specific questions or needs.

Requesting 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 – contact Pastor Marsha Anderson or a Stephen Leader. All requests are held in the highest confidence and will not be shared. 

Becoming a Stephen Minister

"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. "

A new Stephen Minister training class begins on Sunday, September 8, and GSLC Stephen Ministry is looking for men and women to join our team. Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-to-one confidential Christian care and support to people facing difficulties in life. If you feel God has given you the spiritual gifts of caring and support and are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the Stephen Leaders.