What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-to-one, distinctively Christian care to individuals who are currently experiencing life difficulties. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains confidential. Stephen Ministers are members of First Baptist Georgetown who have been trained to be a listening ear and helpful guide through your challenging times.
A Stephen Minister is...
- A congregation member with gifts for caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role.
- A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
- A Christian companion who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
- Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long there’s a need.
A Stephen Minister is not...
- A professional counselor or therapist.
- A problem solver.
- A casual visitor.
In What Kind of Situations Can a Stephen Minister Help?
We all experience challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when faced with any difficulty or crisis, which could be any number of situations. Here are some examples, but your needs do not have to be limited to one of these:
- Life Transition
- Stress related to child-rearing
- Stress related to caring for a loved one
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual crisis
- Unemployment or job crisis
- Terminal or chronic illness
- Birth, adoption or infertility
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
- Deployment of a loved one for military service
How Do I Get a Stephen Minister Assigned to Me?
Use the form below or contact the church office at 512-869-2586 if you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister. You can also use this form to ask any questions you may have about Stephen Ministry.