Stephen Ministry

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.

To contact the Stephen Ministry, call 256-428-9434

are Stephen Ministers

COMMITTED CHRISTIANS WHO...
 

  • 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;

Who
are they needed

The needs include, but are not limited to those:

  • hospitalized or grieving a death or serious loss; 

  • facing life transitions - such as a job crisis, adjustment to new job or move, adjustment to new family dynamics, marital crisis or status change; 

  • with disabilities and their families;

  • overwhelmed by the demands of life;  

  • suffering in their relationships;

  • needing someone in their life that really cares.

When
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

HOW DO I BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER?

Complete an application (available here in PDF format) and turn it in to the Church Office. If approved, you will be contacted by one of our Stephen Ministers.