Lincoln United Methodist Church
Monday, July 15, 2019
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Stephen Ministry At Lincoln United Methodist Church

Stephen Ministers 2011

Lincoln United Methodist Church has been growing our caring through the Stephen Ministry.  This is a highly effective ministry that has been successful in thousands of congregations from more than 100 denominations since 1975.  It provides ongoing support and consultation from the experienced staff at Stephen Ministries.

Stephen Ministry, in our congregation, increases the number of caregivers by identifying, training, and supporting lay people to provide high quality Christian care. It supplements and strengthens the ministry of the ordained pastors; the needs for care far exceed what pastors can provide. Stephen Ministers are laymen and laywomen who provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, or otherwise facing a crisis or life challenge.

Stephen Ministry Commissioning August 2013Lay leaders are extensively trained, and direct the Stephen Ministry in our church. Some of these lay leaders teach those who are interested and drawn to this biblically based and psychologically sound program.

Those with gifts for caregiving can nurture and use their gifts in ministry.  They will grow in their faith as they see God working through them to touch the lives of others who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives and could benefit from ongoing one-to-one Christian care.

Examples of those benefiting from having a lay Stephen Minister are:

  •  those grieving the loss of a loved one
  • terminally ill people and their families
  • people who are homebound
  • the hospitalized
  • those who are lonely
  • those with chronic illness or disability and their families
  • those affected by separation or divorce
  • those experiencing birth or adoption
  • those with a job crisis
  • those facing major transitions.

If you wish to have a trained Christian friend walk with you through a difficult time or are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact us.

Are you in need of a caring friend to walk with you through a difficult time?
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?
Contact the church office at 916-645-3588 or email us.
All contacts are held in the strictest confidence.