Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry of one-on-one caring provided by trained persons. More than 80 Stephen Ministers and leaders received extensive training at Laurel since the program's inception in 1988. Currently, 11 ministers and three leaders are actively serving our church and community. This Christian listening ministry provides support and encouragement.
If requested during a time of need, an assigned Stephen Minister will meet one-to-one with a care receiver of the same gender to show their christian care through listening, supporting, encouraging, and prayer. Confidentiality is maintained in each meeting with your Stephen Minister. These meetings continue on a regular basis for as long as the care receiver benefits from the relationship.
It is the Stephen Ministers goal to bring God’s love and healing power to those who are:
- In crisis
- In need of long-term care
- Experiencing losses as they age
- Going through the crisis of a child birth
- The family and friends of people in crisis
Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people. Stephen Ministers are the caregivers, God is the cure giver.