Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 11,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministry at Eastridge Community Church began in December 2013 when the pastors and elders recognized that in order to care for our growing body we needed to raise up Christ-filled men and women to help. In January 2014 our Stephen Leaders received training to begin the program and in March our first group of Stephen Ministers began their training. On August 10, 2014 we graduated and commissioned our first six Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministers are selected through an application process which includes interviews and spiritual gifts testing. Once selected they are invited to attend an intensive 50-hours of training taught by our Stephen Leaders at the Covington Campus. Training classes are normally held weekly and a total of 20 sessions are held. Once training is completed Stephen Minister candidates are well prepared to provide the Christ-centered caring necessary of this ministry. If you would like more information on becoming a Stephen Minister please email the Stephen Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Ministers are assigned care receivers that are facing some type of difficulty in their lives. They meet with these care receivers regularly, maintaining complete confidentiality, and walk with the care receiver as they process through their difficulties. If you feel that you or someone you know may have a need for a Stephen Minister please email the Stephen Ministry at email@example.com.