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Stephen Ministry at FCC Help-Hope-HealingOur Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay people as caregivers to provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community with high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

You will find more information and helpful videos, personal testimonies and much more at the Stephen Ministry Saint Louis Web site.

A Stephen Leader is:

  • Stephen Leaders receive 50 hours of training at a one-week Leadership Training Conference.    
  • Stephen Leaders are the ones who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.
  • Stephen Leaders recruit, select, train, supervise and facilitate continuing education for Stephen Ministers. 

A Stephen Minister is:

  • A congregation member trained by Stephen Leaders within the congregation.
  • A skilled lay person who receives 50 hours of high-quality instruction, using Stephen Ministry Training material from Stephen Ministries in Saint Louis.
  • A faith-filled Christian who is compassionate, listens and empathizes with people going through difficult times. 
  • A person who usually meets one on one with a person once a week for about an hour maintaining strict confidentiality.
  • A person who provides Christian Encouragement, Prayer, Compassion, Trust, Spiritual Support, Empathy, and more.

 A Stephen Minister is not:

  • A Counselor, therapist, problem solver, or casual friend.

 A Stephen Minister is ready to provide emotional and spiritual care needed when a person faces a crisis or difficulty such as:

                              Grief                                  Hospitalization                Job loss or unemployment

                              Loneliness                       Spiritual Crisis                  Disability

                              Divorce                             Relocation                         Aging

                             Bereavement                  Accident Recovery         Terminal or chronic illness

 A Stephen Minister is a Care Giver ------ God is the Cure Giver!  

 As Stephen Ministers we are called to, “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.(Galatians 6:2)


Through Stephen Ministry our Congregation receives a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment “Love one another---as I have loved you.(John13:34)

  For more information about Stephen Ministry, contact our Stephen Leaders, Crys Frederick or Chuck Paradis, through the Church Office at 603 642-7256.