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Stephen Ministry

Are you going through a difficult time? Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are facing a crisis or going through tough times.

The care you’ll receive is Christ-centered, confidential, and free of charge.  To learn how you can receive care through Stephen Ministry, contact the church office at 256-232-2020 and your request will be confidentially relayed to Pastor Kenny or our Stephen Ministry Leader.

What is a Stephen Minister?

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.

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.

“…equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12 NRSV).

Stephen Ministers participate in 50 hours of training so that they are well equipped to provide exceptional and confidential quality care.

Once trained, Stephen Ministers are paired with care receivers (women with women, men with men), providing one-to-one compassionate Christ-centered care.

Who is Stephen Ministries For?

Stephen Ministries serves our congregation members as well as members from our community who are experiencing a difficult life event and could greatly benefit from having a Stephen Minister. These are people typically struggling through a difficult time in life, such as; experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

Please contact the church office to find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister.

AFUMC plans to hold another Stephen Ministry training course in 2020. There will be more information forthcoming as details become available.