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Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a Christian lay ministry that provides one-on-one, confidential caregiving to members of our congregation and community, and is supported and encouraged by our church pastors. This ministry extends the amount of care our church can give by having a team of trained and skilled caregivers who will listen and walk with a care receiver on his or her personal journey through grief, crisis or other stresses in life.

Who are Stephen Ministers?
They are men and women in our church who have undergone at least 50 hours of training in order to provide the kind of care that a care receiver needs from them - a listening ear and an open heart. In addition, supervision by a group of their peers provides Stephen Ministers with support, guidance and on-going training to ensure the best care for their care receivers.

How Does Stephen Ministry Work?

When someone requests a Stephen Minister, our Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator will talk with that person, explain what Stephen Ministry is, and help determine whether Stephen Ministry is the kind of care that person needs.  Our Referrals Coordinator then matches that person with one of our available Stephen Ministers.  The Stephen Minister will then call that person and begin meeting with him or her for about an hour each week as long as the need is there.  Everything a care receiver says to his or her Stephen Minister is kept confidential.  The Stephen Minister doesn’t try to solve problems; rather, he or she listens, cares, prays, and helps the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.

How Do I Get More Information?
For information about being paired in a confidential relationship with a Stephen Minister or becoming a Stephen Minister please contact Judy Beggs.

Judy Beggs | Stephen Leader Referrals Coordinator
Email |

Phone | 650-949-4087

For additional reading here are some articles concerning Stephen Ministry previously published in our church newsletter.

Stephen Ministers Care
The Listening Well
A Listening Ear
A Little Help from Friends