Stephen Ministry


Trinity UMC, Paducah is a proud Stephen Ministry congregation.

 

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Check out the Stephen Ministry by the Numbers booklet for a brief overview of Stephen Ministry.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Care Receivers

Care Receivers—People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. Watch videos with stories from care receivers.

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. If you feel you could benefit from having a Stephen Minister, please call the Trinity church office at (270) 534-9615.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Learn more about Stephen Ministers.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

If you would like information about training to be a Stephen Minister, please call the church office at (270) 534-9516 and ask about the application process. We would love to have you on our team.