Genesis Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry. Our Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of training and are equipped to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
- Men are matched with men; women with women.
- When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.
Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout our church and community.
- Our Congregation has a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” ( RSV).
- Our Pastor has a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people.
- Laypeople nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.
- People who are hurting have a compassionate companion—a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support.
Learn from Stephen Ministry care receivers the impact their Stephen Minister has had on their lives in the following video.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (ESV)