Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-on-one support and care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing transitions in their lives. Click on the image below to watch a video and learn more.

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We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Some people find it hard to admit they need help, but in fact, realizing that one needs help is a sign of strength. Speaking with an objective person in complete confidence can be easier or more practical than sharing with a family member or friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty.

A Stephen Minister:

  • Is a congregation member who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • Is a lay person who has received 80 hours training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • Meets with their care receiver for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
  • Listens, cares, prays, supports, encourages and walks beside a person who is hurting
  • Participates in mentorship meetings and continuing education

Who needs a Stephen Minster? Anyone who needs help navigating life’s challenges:

  • illness or hospitalization
  • family or marital challenges
  • moving
  • death or serious loss
  • financial setbacks and job loss
  • faith issues
  • terminal illness
  • loneliness
  • aging
  • teen and youth concerns
  • separation or divorce
  • pregnancy or adoption
  • person with a disability and their families
  • low self esteem

How do I contact a Stephen Minister? Please contact the following individuals for additional information about the ministry or training to become a Stephen Minister.

  • Pastor Gerald Chinen at (925) 283-8722 x 227
  • Leslie Finertie at (925) 255-3331

How do I become a Stephen Minister? Stayed tuned for information regarding the next training program.

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