Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry at Desert Palms A Ministry of Compassion and Caring


“I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ 

And I said, Here am I; send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)


In attempting to find a meaningful life, we try many things; crafts, work, education, attending cultural events and exercise -- which are all important activities to give meaning and purpose to our lives. When we belong to God’s family, we look for ways to serve others as Christ has served us. Are you looking for a way to serve or answer God’s call? Stephen Ministry could be just what God has in mind for you!


Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. Through Stephen Ministry training, you will gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting; and you will develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life. After training you will be matched with a care receiver which is the start of a caring relationship that might be just a short period or could last several months or longer. This depends on the care receiver’s needs.


A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders monthly for supervision and continuing education. This one-on-one ministry is very important to our congregation and will benefit both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister caregiver.


If you are feeling down, lonely, stressed, or discouraged, perhaps you could benefit from the support and encouragement of a Stephen Minister. For more information about requesting a Stephen Minister or for Stephen Ministry Training, please contact Pastor Linda, or any of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Suzanne Burke, Kathe Cochrane, Jan Ettele, Nora Timson, or Carole Jean Soine.




Last Published: October 11, 2019 1:54 PM
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