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STEPHEN MINISTRY in Arcadia Community Church

"Through love serve one another" Galatians 5:13


Becoming a Stephen Minister in your church is a life-transforming experience—an opportunity to serve God, help others, and grow in faith. Here, you’ll learn more about what it means to become a Stephen Minister.

Who Are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are congregation members equipped and commissioned for caring ministry. They come from many different backgrounds, ages, and walks of life, but all have one important thing in common: a heart for bringing Christ’s healing love to hurting people.

In short, Stephen Ministers are people like you—caring Christians who want to make a difference in the lives of those going through difficult times.

What Do Stephen Ministers Do?

A Stephen Minister walks alongside a hurting person to provide one-to-one, emotional and spiritual care—listening, empathizing, encouraging, helping process feelings, and connecting the person with God’s love. Serving in this role is an opportunity to put your spiritual gifts into action and touch people’s lives in powerful ways.

Typically, a Stephen Minister meets with his or her care receiver in person for about an hour a week.

Who Do Stephen Ministers Care For?

Stephen Ministers provide care for care receivers, people in the congregation or community who are experiencing difficulties in life, such as grief, job loss, divorce, major illness, spiritual struggles, and so on. In the midst of challenging times, receiving care from a Stephen Minister can make a significant difference.

Watch and read stories from Stephen Ministry care receivers here.