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If you are experiencing a difficult time – emotionally, spiritually, or relationally - you don’t have to suffer alone.  Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for and encourage you, pray with you and for you, and provide one-to one Christian care to help you through whatever it is that you are facing.  Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers and women are matched with female Stephen Ministers.  It’s free.  It’s confidential.  It will make a difference in your life! 

 

Our Mission Statement:

In adherence with Stephen Ministry International, Stephen Ministers will provide distinctively Christian Care to those who are hurting or are in crisis.

 

WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY? 

Stephen Ministry is a program of the Conyers First UMC congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community.

  • It is a totally and completely confidential, one-on-one ministry. 
  • It is a response to Christ’s instruction “to love one another as I have loved you”.
  • It is a one-to-one lay ministry by trained, caring Christians reaching out in time of need.
  • It is a helping relationship focusing on the unique needs of each person.
  • It is a commitment to caring and supporting one another, to build a Christ-centered, sharing community.

 

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A STEPHEN MINISTER IS:

  • A CARING CHRISTIAN – desiring to offer his/her support to others in time of need.
  • A SHARING CHRISTIAN – bringing who he/she is to each helping relationship, as a partner in another’s life experiences.
  • A TRAINED CHRISTIAN – having developed his/her helping skills through intensive coursework.
  • A DEDICATED CHRISTIAN – commissioned by our church to confidential in-depth caring.

 

 

A STEPHEN MINISTER IS NOT: 

  • A professional counselor or psychologist. 
  • A social worker providing lots of physical services. 
  • An expert in law, finance, church doctrine, etc. 
  • A brief, superficial visitor “touching base” with people now and then. 

 

STEPHEN MINISTRY IS FOR: 

Hospitalized people,
People grieving the loss of a loved one,
People who are lonely or depressed,
People with major life transitions,
People who are separated or in the process of divorce,
People who are shut in or institutionalized,
People experiencing the birth of a child,
Dying people, and families of those who are terminally ill,
People experiencing loss of job or financial setbacks,
People and families of those in trouble with the law,
People who are new to our community,
People who are struggling with their faith in God

  

What do I do now to have a Stephen Minister for myself or for my friend?

For more information or if you are in need of a Stephen Minister, contact Gail Haney at Conyers First United Methodist Church  770-483-4236 ext. 116.   You will get a response as soon as possible.