stephen ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide confidential, emotional and spiritual care when individuals face a crisis or a difficulty such as: loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce or separation, loneliness or discouragement, spiritual crisis, unemployment or a job crisis, a terminal illness, incarceration, aging, birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility, chronic illness, relocation, recovery after an accident or disaster, and many others. *Please contact Pastor Cyndi McDonald at 770-358-1494 or pastor@barnesvillefumc.org if you or someone you know needs a Stephen Minister.   Click Here for a  Stephen Ministry Brochure.   A Stephen Minister Is…

  • Someone who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for care giving
  • 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 is a need

  Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry You can play an important role in BFUMC’s Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Contact the pastor and 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, co-worker or relative who is hurting about Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

 

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

Galatians 6:2