Stephen Ministry at CUMC


All of us at CUMC are very excited to have a vibrant and growing Stephen Ministry. ¬†Below you’ll find information about what Stephen Ministry is all about.

WhatIsSMy_logoWhat is Stephen Ministry?

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry is equipping lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.


Stephen Ministry Care

Our Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to members of our community who are

  • grieving the death of a loved one
  • hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization
  • lonely or discouraged
  • coping with a terminal illness of caring for a family member with a terminal illness
  • unemployed and in a job search, and related financial crisis
  • disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member
  • moving or relocating to a new place to live
  • new to the congregation or the community
  • anticipating the birth or adoption of a child
  • homebound or institutionalized
  • transitioning into retirement
  • dealing with aging and related crises
  • facing a life transition
  • experiencing a spiritual crisis
  • victims of a disaster or accident

What is a Stephen Minister?

  • a child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting
  • a caring Christian who can listen and hear your concerns
  • a member of our congregation trained to provide distinctively Christian care
  • a person who is ready and able to focus on your needs
  • a trustworthy confidant who will keep you and everything you say … confidential
  • someone who faithfully meets with you on a weekly basis for as long as you need

logoThere are also some things that a Stephen Minister is not. A Stephen Minister is not a counselor or therapist, a problem solver, someone who runs errands or helps with chores, or a casual visitor.

For more information, or to talk with one of our Stephen Leaders, please contact the church office, or a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister at Sunday services.