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Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.


Every member can play an important role in the Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister. GUMC is a Stephen Ministry Congregation.

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How to I Become a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ’s care for others—listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received, and employing the tools of faith. If this job description fits your personal goals for ministry, please consider becoming a Stephen Minister.  For more information  or Betty Duke at 754-0020. We offer caring, one-on-one ministry during difficult times in life. The care receiver will be prayed for, listened to, and will receive Christian caring in a confidential manner.

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