Stephen Minstry

Stephen Ministry logoWe are proud to announce that First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell is once again a Stephen Ministry congregation. You can find more info here in the coming weeks, or contact the church office.

Stephen Ministers are trained to help in times of stress. They will listen, refer when necessary and, most importantly, pray with you.

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one ministry by trained, caring lay ministers. Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them through particularly challenging times.

A Stephen Minister serves those who are:

  • Facing hospitalization, disability or the unknown
  • Bereaved, lonely or depressed
  • Experiencing a personal, family or job crisis
  • Terminally ill
  • In need of a listening friend

A Stephen Minister is not:

  • A counselor or a therapist
  • A problem-solver
  • A casual visitor
  • able to see to it that people are renewed spiritually

The Stephen Ministry invites change in human hearts. This ministry is a demonstration of how God comes to us through other people, and how God comes to other people through us.

How do I request a Stephen Minister ?

Please contact a member of the pastoral staff or a Stephen Leader through the church. You may discuss with them the need for a Stephen Minister for yourself or for someone you know. A Stephen Minister will only be assigned with the permission of the person in need, and under conditions of strictest confidence.

Would you like more information?

For more information, please contact the church office.

You can also download this Stephen Ministry Fact Sheet.

Why the Name Stephen?

The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (as recorded in Acts 6).

The Meaning of the Stephen Series Logo:

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