Every day, we see people who are hurting – those who have lost jobs, lost a loved one, gone through a divorce, or are battling a terminal illness. Stephen Ministers act as God’s representatives, bringing His love to those who are hurting.

What Is a Stephen Minister?

  • A friend of God who walks beside a hurting person.
  • A caring Christian friend who really listens.
  • A layperson who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care and participates in bimonthly supervision.

Stephen Ministry helps meet the needs of those who are:

  • Separated or divorced
  • Chronically or terminally ill
  • Struggling with substance abuse
  • Depressed
  • Bereaved
  • In a job crisis
  • Disabled
  • In a spiritual crisis

If you are interested in receiving care, please call the Stephen Ministry voicemail at 919.862.8521 (select option 1) or email graceraleighcare@gmail.com for a confidential response.

How do you ask for a Stephen Minister?
  • A person – either you, a relative or a friend – is in need of Christian care.
  • The Stephen Ministry Coordinator learns about this need for care – from a pastor, the person or a friend; always with the person’s permission.
  • A Referrals Coordinator talks with the person about Stephen Ministry.
  • With the person’s permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet with the care recipient on a weekly basis.
  • The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person with strict confidentiality.

How can I become a Stephen Minister?

If you are interested in training to become a Stephen Minister, please download a Stephen Ministry Application or contact Bill Rieth at wrieth@nc.rr.com or 919.608.1586.

If you are hurting and would like to know more about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, please:

call the Stephen Ministry voicemail at 919.862.8521 option 1 or email graceraleighcare@gmail.com

All phone calls and emails are kept strictly confidential.