Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times.

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We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster…
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry, the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is…
– A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
– A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
– A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
– A caring, Christian fried who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages.
– Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver; meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need.

What are Stephen Leaders?
Stephen Leaders are trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister or if you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry please contact one of our Stephen Leaders:
Rev. Lisa Kerwin, lkerwin@epiphanyumc.org, 513-256-0481
Scott Bullock, scottbullock@fuse.net, 513-722-2113