God’s Love In Action
Is life feeling overwhelming at the moment?
Have you experienced or are you anticipating a loss or transition? You may find the support of a Stephen Minister helpful. Stephen Ministers walk alongside the hurting individual and provide confidential comfort and support for as long as needed. They meet one-on-one with their care receivers once a week to listen to, support and pray with them as they cope with a variety of life-challenging situations, such as:
• loss of a loved one
• chronic or terminal illness
• job loss, transition or retirement
• separation or divorce
• many other life struggles
Sometimes it is hard to ask for help
We’re brought up to be strong, self-sufficient people. We may think that if we ask for help, it is a sign of weakness. However, that’s not God’s plan. Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” God wants us to care for others – and allow others to care for us in our time of need. Our Stephen Ministers are there when you need someone to care.
Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people.
If you are interested in receiving Stephen Ministry support, please call the church office at 703-978-8724 or visit our Contact Page and fill out our online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
A trained Stephen Minister is matched with a person experiencing a life challenge. Assignments are made male to male and female to female. The Stephen Minister then meets with the Care Receiver once a week for about an hour to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The confidential, caring relationship generally lasts for as long as the care receiver needs care. Each month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for confidential supervision and continuing education.
Please watch this 2 minute video for more information:
Who are the Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers are church members who have trained for 50 hours to offer high-quality, confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life but share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. Since Stephen Ministries was founded in 1975, more than 13,000 congregations have enrolled, more than 650,000 laypeople have received Stephen Minister training and more than one-and-a-half-million people have had a Stephen Minister walk with them during tough times.
“Stephen Ministers: The After People” — A concise, poignant description of what a Stephen Minister can be found here.
Why the name “Stephen”?
In Acts 6, Stephen was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. Since the time of the Apostles, caring ministry has been considered a hallmark of the Christian faith community.
How can I become a Stephen Minister?
If you feel called to a ministry of caring for others and would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry, please watch this 7 minute video about Stephen Ministry, its training programs and Dr. Kenneth Haugk, the founder, then contact a Stephen Leader through the church office by calling 703-978-8724 or visit the official Stephen Ministries website for more information and videos at www.stephenministries.org