STEPHEN MINISTRY

Stephen Ministry equips NewSong's people to provide distinctly Christian, one-to-one care to those in our congregation or community who are going through a difficult time and are in need of support. 

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister.  If you are dealing with any of the following challenges in your life, please contact us so that we can help:

  • Hospitalized
  • Terminally ill and their families
  • Moving into or out of our community
  • Grieving a death or serious loss
  • Homebound and institutionalized
  • Prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
  • In job crisis
  • Aging and elderly
  • Disabled (and their families)
  • Needing the support of a Christian friend
  • Facing life transitions
  • Separated or divorced
  • Experiencing birth or adoption
  • In spiritual crisis

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my conversations be confidential?

Confidentiality is a core value of Stephen Ministry, and that includes the preliminary communications as you explore this program. Any conversations with a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister will be treated with respect and privacy. 

How soon can I have a Stephen Minister?

Although space is limited, those who have been accepted into the program will be on a waiting list if a Stephen Minister isn’t available right away. We currently have a number of available Stephen Ministers ready to start caregiving relationships.

What situations are appropriate for Stephen Ministry?

A Stephen Leader will discern with you whether Stephen Ministry is a good fit for your situation. Many situations are appropriate for Stephen Ministry. Some are listed above, but this list is by no means comprehensive. Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges—physical, emotional, or spiritual—may be a candidate for Stephen Ministry.

What is not appropriate for Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministers are not counselors or trained professionals. In cases of abuse, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, mental illness and moderate or severe depression, it is recommended that you seek help from a trained professional. In some cases where a professional gives consent, a Stephen Minister may be utilized as part of a patient’s support system.

Stephen Ministry should not take the place of a supportive community such as a LIFEgroup. It is relationship for a season, designed to help someone who is going through a tough time and who is in need of more support than a typical community can give. In fact, often Stephen Ministers encourage care receivers to broaden their support network.

Testimonials

“I was assigned a Stephen Minister when I was unemployed for a long period of time. My minister met with me weekly. We talked about just about anything we wanted to, not just spiritual things, and certainly not job counseling, just what was on my mind. I appreciated the time my Stephen Minister spent with me, and I looked forward to our weekly meetings.” 

“As a single parent facing many challenges, it is so encouraging to have my Stephen Minister call me and meet with me on a regular basis to listen, pray, encourage, and share her observations with me. The power of an adult Christian woman focused on my needs for about an hour a week is a huge dose of good medicine to keep on doing what I have to do. Asking for a Stephen Minister is one of the best things I have done for myself and those I care for.”

About the Stephen Ministry Organization

The Stephen Series is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around a congregation. The Stephen Series provides congregations with the structure, training, and resources to set up and administer a complete system for lay caring ministry (called Stephen Ministry) in the congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry during those times when people really need it.

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A Note from Pastor George

“Stephen Ministry is one of the best training and ministry programs we have at NewSong. The training empowers us with biblical wisdom to fulfill the charge of Ephesians 4 as the Apostle Paul instructs the church to ‘prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.’ The equipping I personally received in ministering to people in crisis, grief, loss and walking through the ‘valley of darkness’ is invaluable to me personally and professionally. I highly recommend this opportunity to learn the ministry skills that Jesus will use to comfort, console, and cultivate many in our community and beyond."

George Haraksin
Lead Pastor

Getting Started

Talk to a Stephen Leader to discuss whether a Stephen Minister relationship is a fit for what you're currently going through. Contact Connie Lannom at clannom@newsongsd.org or 909.394.9488, ext. 202.

 "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion."  (Colossians 3:12)