stephen ministry

Stephen Ministry is an international volunteer ministry equipping individuals to provide one-on-one Christian care to hurting people in and around the First Church community. 

A Stephen minister provides confidential care, support and encouragement for emotional and spiritual needs to adults experiencing an immediate crisis. If you feel that you might benefit from a Stephen Minister please contact Pastor Bob Confer. Some life situations that a Stephen Minister might help with include:

  • hospitalization
  • illness
  • death of a loved one
  • unemployment
  • loneliness
  • spiritual crisis
  • separation or divorce
  • aging or caring for an elderly loved one
  • moving in or out of the community
  • childbirth / adoption
  • stress, anxiety or the blues

First Church Stephen Ministers and Leaders care for more than 25 persons at any given time, in an agreement to meet on a regular basis for a period of time developing a care relationship. While not professional counselors nor therapists, Stephen Ministers and Leaders:

  • are committed followers of Christ
  • have participated in 50 hours of training
  • truly care about people
  • possess the spiritual gifts of mercy
  • accept people as they are
  • respect confidentiality
  • listen and encourage

In times of crisis, you may also call our 24-hour emergency hotline: