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Stephen's Ministry

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry Provides One-To-One Christian Care-giving

Stephen Ministry at Trinity Downtown is all about caring. This compassionate ministry equips and deploys Christ-centered women and men to come alongside others in confidential, one-to-one Christian caring relationships during a time of crisis, change or other need. Whether a person is bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, or facing some other challenge, a Stephen Minister is available to care.

Trained care-givers that listen and comfort
After undergoing 50 hours of training, a Stephen Minister typically gets assigned to one care receiver at a time. Stephen Ministers are not counselors or advisers. Stephen Ministers are trained lay Christian caregivers who listen, pray, and encourage their care receivers with the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. Referrals for pastoral counseling or to a mental health professional may be given as needed or requested by the care receiver. Stephen Ministers meet twice a month for continuing education and small group peer supervision. Supervision is conducted in a way that protects the confidentiality of the care receiver. Trinity’s Stephen Ministers are ready and willing to serve you in a time of need. We’re here, even if you just need a friend to listen and care.

People who receive care from a Stephen Minister

  • Receive quality Christian Care;
  • Deepen their relationship with their Lord;
  • Grow in their desire to participate in Christian community;
  • Come to value ministry from another lay person while continuing contact with our pastors.
 
You may benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister if you have one of the following needs
  • Being hospitalized or recovering from surgery or illness
  • Terminally ill and their families
  • Moving in or out of the Houston area
  • Grieving a death or serious loss
  • Experiencing a job crisis
  • Facing life transitions
  • The separated or divorced
  • Difficult pregnancy, birth, or adoption
  • Experiencing a spiritual crisis
  • Needing the support of a Christian friend
  • Or other serious need
 
If you or someone you know could benefit from the Christian caring and support of a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Michael Dorn or Ron Lacy.