Stephen Ministry

“I promise to uphold this congregation of The United Methodist Church by my prayers, my presence, my gifts, my service, and my witness.”

—New Members Reception Service, The United Methodist Church

The purpose of this page is to share information and answer questions about Stephen Ministry and the Stephen Ministry program at NRUMC.

The PBS “Religion and Ethics” news show aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry that describes the life-changing outreach happening in thousands of congregations like ours.


  • Stephen Ministries – A not-for-profit ministry organization with its headquarters in St. Louis Missouri:
    • Trans-denominational–over 75 denominations
    • World-wide–50 states and several foreign countries
    • Mission–to show the love of Jesus Christ through people
  • Stephen Ministry – Distinctively Christian caring ministry in which clergy and laity work together to provide quality one-to-one care to meet the needs of people experiencing a wide range of life circumstances or crises
  • Stephen Series – A complete system for training and organizing lay persons to give distinctively Christian care to people who need it, both in the congregation and in the community
  • Stephen Ministers – Lay people who have been trained through the Stephen Series in the theology of caring and in specific caring skills

Here are some opportunities for Stephen Ministry in our church:

  • People who are hospitalized
  • Individuals who are terminally ill and their families
  • Those having an unwanted pregnancy and their families
  • Individuals and families of those who are in trouble with the law
  • Parents who have children leaving home
  • People who are lonely
  • New members of the congregation and/or community
  • Families who have someone in a nursing home
  • Parents and families with handicapped children
  • Persons in sudden crisis
  • People convalescing at home or in an institution
  • People who are bereaved
  • Those who are shut-in or in a nursing home
  • Couples experiencing the birth of a child
  • People who have suffered a significant financial setback, or who have lost their job
  • Single parents
  • People in the process of moving
  • People recently retired or who have been forced to retire
  • Those who are struggling with their faith in God
  • Those affected by natural disastersAnd many more.

Stephen Ministers’ Commitment

This is a 24 month commitment that includes the initial 50 hours of training, then the regular visits with care receiver(s) (weekly or a mutually agreed upon frequency) and twice monthly Small Group Peer Supervision and Continuing Education sessions.

Stephen Ministers are Commissioned Servants

  • Willingness to give of oneself in servanthood is vital.
  • The level of one’s education is not important, but the level of one’s commitment as a Christian and one’s desire to really care for others is important.
  • Stephen Ministers are commissioned at the end of the 50-hours of training program.
  • Confidentiality is an absolute must.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

For more information about Stephen Ministry, email Mary Scott Honbarrier or Sue Haney.

What does the Stephen Ministry logo represent?

  • Without Jesus Christ people tend to be more broken.
  • With Jesus Christ people tend to be more whole.
  • Stephen Ministers care for the person–God cures.

Upcoming Events

Sat 26

Trunk or Treat

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sun 27

New Member Class

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 05

College Connections Coffee House

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Nov 06

First Wednesday Fellowship Dinner

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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