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Mt. Sylvan's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

A Stephen Minister is...

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
  • A congregation member with gifts for care giving, 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 caring Christian friend 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 as there is a need.
  • We all experience challenges in life and times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty including:

    • Loss of a Loved One

    • Hospitalization

    • Divorce or Separation

    • Loneliness or Discouragement

    • Spiritual Crisis

    • Unemployment or a Job Crisis

    • A Terminal Illness

    • Incarceration

    • Aging

    • Birth, Adoption, Miscarriage

    • A Chronic Illness

    • Relocation

    • Recovery From an Accident

    • And Many More

    Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and caring conversations are kept confidential.

    You play an important role in Mt. Sylvan’s Stephen Ministry program. Here’s what you can do: Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry. Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone. If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

    Mt. Sylan is blessed with an active Stephen Ministry. Click here to explore the Stephen Ministry website to learn more about this incredible ministry.

    To learn more about Stephen Ministry at Mt. Sylvan or get connected with a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Kathie.

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