Stephen Ministry FAQs

We’d like to answer a few frequently asked questions about Stephen Ministry and its role at WEFC:

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place “behind the scenes” in many Christian congregations to supplement pastoral care. Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting for a variety of reasons.

What is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need, calling on the extensive training they have received, as well as the tools of their Christian faith. Since WEFC began its Stephen Ministry in 2004, we have trained 35 Stephen Ministers, who in turn, have ministered to close to 100 Care Receivers.

Can I become a Stephen Minister?
Yes! We need more men and women to care for those who are hurting or in crisis. If this sounds like a place where you would like to serve, a training class will be held beginning January 8, 2019. We encourage those interested to complete an application (available in the church office), pray over it, and return it by Sunday, 12/2/18. Applications can be turned in to the office or given to one of our Stephen Leaders (see below).

Who can give me more information?
Our current Stephen Leaders are (L to R): Linda PapertsianKirsten Trumbull and Ray Gratton.