Stephen Ministry at Church Street

Stephen Minister kneeling at the church altar while other ministers lay hands on his back

New Stephen Ministers being commissioned during a special worship service at Church Street.

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

A Stephen Minister is…

  • A child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting.
  • A congregation member who is carefully selected to serve in this role because of his or her caregiving gifts.
  • A lay person with 50 hours of training in providing high-quality distinctively Christian care.
  • A caring Christen friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
  • Someone who meets faithfully each week with his or her care receiver as long as there is a need.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

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Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life – times when we may benefit from care & support. Stephen Ministers provide emotional and spiritual care when faced with a crisis or difficulty including, but not limited to:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • Terminal illness
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster

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Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry

You play an important role in your Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do –

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a neighbor, coworker, or relative who’s hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a compassionate person and a good listener, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister. (See training schedule on this page)

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Contact Information for Stephen Ministry

Rev. Patricia A. Clendenen, Stephen Ministry Pastor
Church Street United Methodist Church
Phone: 865-406-3854
Email: pclendenen AT churchstreetumc DOT org

  • If you could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
  • If you know of someone who could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
  • If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister…
  • If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry.