Are you lonely, sad or discouraged? Are you going through a tough time emotionally or spiritually? Are you struggling with a crisis in life, or simply feeling down? Consider letting a Stephen Minister help. A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation who is trained to listen, care, encourage, pray, and walk alongside you during difficult times. It's confidential, free, and very helpful. To learn more, talk with our pastor or a Stephen Leader,

Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who:

  • Express God's care through their lives to others
  • Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts
  • Are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training
  • Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care
  • Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders
  • Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship
  • Serve for at least two year
  • Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, or would like more information about the program, please visit the Stephen Ministry website. You can also talk with a Stephen Leader at UMCC by emailing