Stephen Ministry


"Christ Caring for People through People"

Park United Methodist Church is a Stephen Ministry Congregation


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At some point in life, everyone faces periods of crisis, transition, or difficulty. During these times people can receive great benefit from a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize, pray with and for them and encourage them with Christ's love and care. Stephen Ministers provide this needed relationship. Caring for people in need is at the heart of a congregation's ministry. Lay people, in addition to the pastor, must be trained and equipped to provide and sustain this ministry.

Stephen Ministry is our congregation's one-to-one caregiving ministry. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person who seems lost and alone because of some crisis or tragedy. Stephen Ministry training equips a Stephen Minister enabling that individual to show God's mercy, care, and compassion to one who is hurting. A Stephen Minister walks beside the care receiver, prays for him or her, and helps that person walk through life's difficulties. Stephen Ministers are lay people trained to provide confidential one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation or community who are experiencing difficulties in their life. They are not pastors, counselors, or doctors; they are caregivers. They meet with their assigned care receiver for about an hour a week to listen, pray, and help bear burdens. Christian care is never outdated. God’s command that we love one another is the same now as it was thousands of years ago.


Our Stephen Ministers are also available to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers as an outreach to the community. All calls will be kept confidential. Karen Schuyler 725-2368 or Sue Travis 725-4012.


Testimony: "God comforts us so that we can comfort others."

Interested in Stephen Ministry?  Contact: Karen Schuyler 725-2368 or Sue Travis 725-4012






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