Is life more than you can handle alone right now?

Are you adjusting to a new job, a change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, a recent move–or just experiencing a lonely or difficult time in your life?

Could you benefit from having someone who would listen and care and walk with you through this difficult time?

There Is No Need to Struggle Alone!

Everyone goes through difficult times.  Having someone to care, to listen, to share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.  God does not intend for you to struggle alone.

Consider allowing a Stephen Minister to walk with you on your journey to wholeness.

Stephen Ministers Care

Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are:

  • Grieving the death of a loved one

  • Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization

  • Lonely or discouraged

  • Coping with a terminal illness or caring for a family member with a terminal illness

  • Unemployed or in a job crisis.

  • Disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member

  • Moving or relocating

  • New to the congregation or the community

  • Anticipating the birth or adoption of a child

  • Homebound or institutionalized

  • Transitioning into retirement

  • Dealing with the crisis of aging

  • Facing a life transition

  • Experiencing a spiritual crisis

  • Victims of a disaster or accident

  • Divorce

And for people facing countless other crises or life challenges or who are going through a difficult time and could benefit from the care of a supportive Christian friend.

What is a Stephen Minister?


A Stephen Minister is:

  • A child of God who walks beside a hurting person;

  • A caring Christian who really listens;

  • A member of our congregation who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care;

  • A person who is ready to focus on your needs;

  • A trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say–and even your identity–confidential; and

  • Someone who will faithfully meet with you on a weekly basis for as long as your need persists.


A Stephen Minister is NOT:

  • A counselor or therapist;

  • A problem solver;

  • Someone who runs errands or helps with chores; or

  • A casual visitor.


Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide you with the confidential; one-to-one Christian care you need to make it through a crisis or help you through a difficult time.

How to Refer:


  • If referring yourself, contact Pastor David.

  • If referring a friend or relative, always obtain the person's permission first.

  • Persons outside of First United Methodist Church can receive a Stephen Minister.

  • The Pastor contacts the potential care receiver to become familiar with the situation.  If appropriate, referral is made to the Stephen Ministry Coordinator, who matches the person with a caregiver.



Is God calling me to serve as a Stephen Minister?

If you are a good listener and have a heart for people in difficult times, you'll find a place to serve in Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry training consists of 50 hours of training on such topics as listening, boundaries in caregiving, speaking the truth in love, depression, praying with hurting individuals, and more. Volunteers agree to a two-year term of commitment


To Know More

Stephen Ministry is coordinated by a team of Stephen Leaders. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or in receiving the caring ministry of a Stephen Minister, please call or email Pastor David or see Stephen Leaders Cindy M. or Leslie Anne H.


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Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of 

these my sisters and brothers, ye have done 

it to me. (Matthew 25:40)