Stephen Ministry

 Jesus says, “This is my commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.”

— John 15:12

Loving and caring for one another is not just the pastor’s job—it’s something Jesus calls us all to do! Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who most need it. Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. More than 11,000 congregations, from more than 160 denominations, in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 24 other countries, have Stephen Ministry.

Who are Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Who needs a Stephen Minister?
Any adult who is struggling with grief, divorce, cancer, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation, long-term care, chronic illness, terminal illness, job loss, loss of a home, military deployment, the onset of a disability, loneliness, spiritual crisis, or other life struggles.

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, contact Pastor Josh about Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide focused, confidential, one-to-one Christian care—to help that person experience the healing power of Christ’s love.hands holding hands

How do I request a Stephen Minister?
Talk to one of the Pastors and they will help you get connected with our Stephen Ministry Leaders.

How do I learn to be a Stephen Minister?
Contact the church office at 512-258-9117 or contact Pastor Josh at josh@hopeaustin.org and you will be contacted with information regarding the application and training process. You can learn more by clicking here.

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