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Learn more about Stephen Ministry at Robinson FUMC!

First United Methodist Church has an active Stephen Ministry.  Begun in 2019, we have four Stephen Leaders who guide the program, and nine Stephen Ministers who have been through fifty hours of training in order to provide quality Christian care.  


What is a Stephen Minister?

  • A child of God who walks beside a hurting person

  • A caring, Christian friend who takes the time to really listen

  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

  • A trustworthy person who serves in a confidential role

  • Someone who is supervised in providing quality care

Stephen Ministers are not:

  • Counselors or therapists

  • Problem-solvers

  • Casual Visitors

  • An extra set of hands

  • A personal friend


How can Stephen Ministers help?

  • Hospitalized persons

  • Terminally ill persons

  • Those going through grief

  • Persons in job crisis

  • Disabled persons

  • Homebound persons

  • Lonely persons

  • New Church members

  • People in spiritual crisis

  • People who need a caring, Christian friend

How do I get a Stephen Minister?

  • Anyone can refer a potential care receiver to Pastor Jay, our referrals coordinator

  • Pastor Jay will talk to the potential care receiver to see if they understand and agree to Stephen Ministry

  • Upon agreement, Pastor Jay will assign a Stephen Minister to the care receiver, who will meet with the care receiver weekly

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

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