Stephen Ministries


Stephen Ministries is a program in our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community.

More information about Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who…

  • Express God’s care through their lives to others.
  • Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts.
  • Are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training;
  • Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care.
  • Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders.
  • Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship.
  • Serve for at least two years.
  • Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of services.
  • Meets the Needs of People

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister! These needs include but are not limited to….

  • The hospitalized
  • The terminally ill and their families
  • People who move into or out of our community
  • Those grieving a death or serious loss
  • The homebound and institutionalized
  • Prisoners, ex-offenders and their families
  • Those with a job crisis
  • The aging and the elderly
  • Those needing the support of a Christian friend
  • Those facing life transitions
  • The separated or divorced
  • Households experiencing birth or adoption
  • Those in spiritual crisis


“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion.” Colossians 3:12

Our Stephen Ministers work together with our pastors to reach more people with Christian care than pastors can reach by themselves.

People who receive care from a Stephen Minister

  • Receive quality Christian care.
  • Deepen their relationship with their Lord.
  • Grow in their desire to participate in Christian community.
  • Come to value ministry from another layperson while continuing contact with the pastor.

First Christian Church currently has four trained and commissioned Stephen Ministers.  These are: Kevin Guy, Tom Lewis, April Kesterson and Chuck Romer.  We have two trained Stephen Leaders, Pastor Michael Messinger and Kevin Guy.

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or would like more information about the ministry please contact Pastor Mike  (

Event Calendar
Event Calendar
Weekly Schedule

Friday 16

6:30AM Men's Group

Saturday 17

Sunday 18

9:00AM Sunday School
10:15AM Worship
12:00PM Elder Council
5:30PM eNLiveN

Monday 19

12:00PM Breathe Study

Tuesday 20

6:30PM Crossin' Over Bible Study
7:00PM Pastor's Home Study Group

Wednesday 21

6:00PM Awana

Thursday 22

10:00AM "Melchizedek"
7:00PM Choir Practice

Friday 23

6:30AM Men's Group

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