First United Methodist Church

Stephen Ministry

Under the leadership of Pastor Rachel and Lynn Striepe, Vibrant Family Pillar Leader, we are excited to launch Stephen Ministry. The Stephen Ministry model allows our church a way to better care for, connect with, and build relationships with individuals needing care, as the needs of a church of our size cannot be handled solely by professional clergy.

The purpose of this ministry area is to actively build a team to attract, nurture, and guide persons called to a ministry of inter-personal care and support. Using the model of Stephen Ministries, based in St. Louis, MO, our ministry team will be empowered to care for others and connect care-receives back into our church family. And, Stephen Ministry offers extensive specialized training for individuals serving on this team.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.

What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit our leadership page for the staff contact.