Stephen Ministries

Congregational Caring Ministry

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister. Wesley UMC has more than 10 trained Stephen Ministers. Some of the ministry areas in which Stephen Ministers have been doing meaningful ministry in and around our congregation include Crisis Care, Preventative Care, and Follow-Up Care. Stephen Ministers are trained to care, with strictest confidence, for:

  • People who are hospitalized
  • Individuals and families of those facing serious or terminal illness
  • Those grieving a death or serious loss
  • Those suffering from depression or loneliness
  • The homebound and institutionalized
  • Prisoners, ex-offenders, and their families
  • Those experiencing a job loss or some business or financial loss
  • Those with disabilities and their families
  • Those who are new to the community or those in the process of leaving town
  • Those needing the support of a Christian friend
  • The separated or divorced and their families
  • Households experiencing a problem pregnancy, birth, or adoption
  • Those facing a life transition
  • Those experiencing a spiritual crisis of some sort
  • And more ...

    It is important to know that a Stephen Minister is:

    • An ordinary member of the congregation just like you
    • A Child of God who walks beside a hurting person
    • A caring Christian friend who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care\

    Likewise, it is important to know that a Stephen Minister is NOT:

    • A therapist or problem solver
    • A casual visitor
    • One to run errands or give rides

    If you would like to be visited by a Stephen Minister or know someone who may have a need for a Stephen Minister, get in touch with the church office at (408) 295-0367.