Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual crisis
- Unemployment or a job crisis
- A terminal illness
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
- A chronic illness
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
- And many more
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
A Stephen Minister is:
- a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
- a congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
- a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
- a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
- someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
The Stephen Ministers at Wright’s Chapel are Velma Davis, Michelle Gibbons, Michael Patrick, Frances Peck, Linda Tompkins, Steve Tompkins, Greg Killough, Cathy Killough, Linda Wilson, Will Teague, Grace Roberts, Pam Sharpe and Chuck Yates. If you want more information about Stephen Ministry, you can talk to any of these people or to the pastor. If you find yourself in need of receiving care from a Stephen Minister, please contact Charles Tillapaugh.