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Stephen Ministry

Sharing the Love of Christ

Stephen Ministers are Caregivers ... God is the CUREGIVER

The vision of Stephen Ministry at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL is to equip members of the congregation to use their spiritual gifts in order to share the love of Christ by confidentially responding to people’s needs for care.

Stephen Ministry is a caring ministry providing trained, confidential, one-to-one Christian care for people facing difficulty. Stephen Ministry is named after Stephen, the first deacon in the early church, commissioned by the apostles. The care is man-to-man or woman-to-woman and connects with people over 18 years old.

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Qualities of a Stephen Minister

ARE COMMITTED CHRISTIANS WHO...

Express God’s love through their lives to others;
Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts;
Have developed his/her gifts in order to extend a supporting hand;
Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care;
Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship;
Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service;

WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED...

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister! The needs include, but are not limited to:
Those hospitalized; grieving a death or serious loss; with a job crisis; facing life transitions; separated or divorced; with disabilities and their families; life is overwhelming; relationships suffering; adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move; needing someone in your life that really cares?

WAYS THEY CAN HELP...

Illness; Family frustrations and challenges; Loneliness; Chronic illness; Families of the chronically ill; Loss of a loved one; Separation or divorce; Being shut-in; Having a newborn; Low self-esteem; Terminal illness; Loss of a job; Financial setbacks; Struggling with faith in God; Aging; Facing life changes; Retirement; Miscarriage and Infertility

HOW DO I BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?

Complete an application (available here in PDF format). Turn the application in to the Adult Ministry Office or to a Stephen Leader.

 

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