Stephen Ministry

Annette Brown

Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry of presence with persons going through difficult times.  The Stephen Minister is there to walk with you throughout your crisis and to help you see that, with God’s love, you will be okay.  The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first layperson commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need. Ordained pastors often find there are more needs for care than they can provide, so Stephen Ministers are there to supplement, but not replace, pastoral care.

Since Stephen Ministries was founded in 1975: More than 12,000 congregations have enrolled in the Stephen Series. More than 70,000 pastors and lay leaders from those congregations have been equipped at Leader’s Training Courses. More than 600,000 laypeople have received Stephen Minister training. More than one-and-a-half-million people have had a Stephen Minister to walk with them, providing one-to-one Christian care during tough times.  Stephen Ministers and their care receivers meet once/week for one hour over a period of months.

Cameron United Methodist Church has 17 trained Stephen Ministers ready to walk with anyone who needs a companion on a journey of change, be it divorce, death, illness, job loss, a move or children leaving home.  Contact one of our Stephen Leaders to learn more.

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