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What Is Stephen Ministries?

"Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Galations 6:2
Stephen Ministries organizes, trains, and supervises a team of congregation members - called Stephen Ministers - to provide high-quality, confidential, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing life difficulties.
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

 Training to Become a Stephen Minister

Are you caring and compassionate?  Are you looking for a front-row seat to life-changing miracles?  Sign up to be trained as a Stephen Minister! Stephen Minister training is a Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills.  Trainees learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.

Most Stephen Ministers say that, besides becoming better caregivers, everything they learn in Stephen Minister training has enhanced their relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and others they meet in their everyday lives.

Heather's story shows how impactful becoming a Stephen Minister can be for you and your family and friends. We hope you will prayerfully consider joining our dedicated team of Stephen Ministers.  Apply now!

Becoming a Care Receiver

Are you lonely, sad, or discouraged?  Are you going through a tough time emotionally or spiritually?  Struggling with a life crisis? Consider letting a Stephen Minister help.  A Stephen Minister is a member of our congregation trained to listen, care, encourage, pray, and walk alongside you during a difficult time for as long as needed.  You and your Stephen Minister will meet once a week for about an hour.

If Lea's story resonates with you, we encourage you to seek help by contacting a pastor or the Stephen Ministry leaders at

What Stephen Ministry Means to Me

by Rhonda Rilea

The leaders of The Whole Life Church have worked tirelessly to develop the Stephen
Ministry Program. There so many people in our community who are grieving and
hurting over hardships and loss. They need someone to walk beside them as they work
through these issues. Stephen Ministers are well-trained to provide this high level of

It was an honor to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It was pure joy to watch them grow
and lean on Jesus as they dealt with these issues. Before I met with my Care Giver each
time, I would pray this prayer from Matthew 21:22 (The Clear Word):
“When you ask God for help, and believe you will receive it,
He will help you in ways that will amaze you!”
God showed up every time and spoke through me.

This program has also helped me in my personal life. I am a much better listener now
and am more empathetic to the needs of others.
I strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in walking beside others through their
healing journey to become a part of this most meaningful ministry. Not only will your
Care Receiver, be blessed, but you will be blessed, as well.

Contact the Stephen Ministry Leaders