Stephen Ministry

UM4GI supports a large groups of Stephen Ministers who provide high-quality care and outreach to hurting people in the congregation and community.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members who participate in 50 hours of Christian caregiving training.  Each Stephen Minister is then matched with a hurting person – men are paired with men, women with women – and meets with that person weekly to listen, care, pray, and encourage.  Caring relationships last for as long as the need persists.  Stephen Ministers care for those dealing with grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, financial struggles, loneliness, convalescence, terminal illness, and other life difficulties.

What is it like to be cared for by a Stephen Minister?  Here are two perspectives…

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A short video about Stephen Ministry produced by PBS can be found here:

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Persons in need may contact any of the church offices for referral to a Stephen Minister.  All calls are confidential.

Persons wishing to serve as Stephen Ministers may also call any of the church offices for referral to a Stephen Leader. For more information on what a Stephen Minister does, click here.