Stephen Ministry is a program that equips lay people to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances. Stephen Ministry exists to train those who desire to serve as "care-givers" and it serves "care-receivers" who are going through intense times by walking alongside them.
What Do Stephen Ministers Do?
Stephen Ministers are members of Annapolis EP who have gone through 50 hours of training to provide confidential one-to-one Christian care to people who are facing a crisis, or simply going through a difficult time. Your Stephen Minister will meet with you once a week for about an hour to listen to you, care for you, pray with and for you, and provide emotional and spiritual encouragement. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers, women are matched with female Stephen Ministers. To find out more about how you or someone you know could be matched with a Stephen Minister, talk with a Pastor or with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders.
What kinds of struggles are Stephen Ministers equipped to help with?
- There are many different types of circumstances with which Stephen Ministers are able to help. A recent loss through death, divorce, or relocation may leave people feeling lonely. A hospitalization, cancer diagnosis, or ongoing medical problems may cause some to feel isolated. The loss of a job, the fear of layoffs, or a financial setback can devastate one's self-esteem. Family and personal struggles may leave people with nowhere to turn for support.
- If you are going through a difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can bring God's warm love back into your life. They provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will meet with you privately on a weekly basis to listen, support, and encourage you, to pray with and for you, and to walk with you for the duration of your crisis.
- The Scriptures describe their service well: "Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering" (Hebrews 13:3). If you, or someone you know, would like to do more as a Christian caregiver, consider Stephen Ministry. This is our congregation's one-to-one caregiving ministry.
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