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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a lay care ministry in which trained congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—provide one-to-one Christ-centered care to people who are hurting or going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.

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“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

A Stephen Minister is

  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • a caring Christian who really listens
  • a congregational member who has received intensive training in providing Christian care
  • a trustworthy confidant who will keep everything you say—and even your identity—confidential
  • someone who will faithfully meet with you weekly

A Stephen Minister is not

  • a counselor or therapist
  • a problem-solver
  • someone who runs errands or helps with chores
  • a casual visitor

Care Receiver Stories

About Care Receivers

Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who are people struggling through a difficult time in life such as:

  • experiencing grief
  • divorce
  • job loss
  • chronic or terminal illness
  • or some other life crisis.

Caregiving Guidelines

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential
  • Men are matched with men; women with women
  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, a referral is made to an appropriate resource

Apply to Receive Care from a Stephen Minister

Women's Contact

Jeannette George
(865)291-5239
jeannette@cspc.net

Email Jeannette

Men's Contact

Brad Richardson
(865)599-7471
richardsonbs@comcast.net

Email Brad

Receive Training to Becoming a Stephen Minister

If you are considering becoming a Stephen Minister, download the application, fill it out and return to the church. You may also use our online form.

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