Stephen Ministers provide unique, Christian support to people who are dealing with challenges in their lives. The relationship and personal information that is shared is completely confidential and is only between the Stephen Minister, also known as the caregiver, and the care receiver. Stephen Ministers are lay people in the church from all walks of life who have been trained to give one-on-one care to people. We have one common purpose -- a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

A Stephen Minister begins a caring relationship when he or she is matched with a person experiencing a life crisis. The Stephen Minister then meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care – whether it is one month, six months, or longer. We are here to help you transition through your situation. Stephen Ministers are trained to listen, encourage, and ask questions that allow their care receivers to make decisions and solve problems. We don’t solve problems for anyone. We help you deal with your situation.

The challenges people face vary from person to person. We like to say that we are the “after people.” We are there for people after a life-changing situation. Have you just received a medical diagnosis that you did not want to hear? Is the funeral over and your friends and family have gone home? Have your children suggested you move into an assisted living facility? Has your child been hospitalized for a drug overdose? There are many hurdles that occur during our life’s journey.

Stephen Ministry has been helping people at Chapelwood for more than 40 years. Right now, we have 17 Stephen Ministers who have been trained and are committed to caring for our congregation and community. Stephen Ministry is available to people from any of Chapelwood’s worship communities. One of the blessings of a having multiple worship communities is that a Stephen Minister who worships with Contemplative or Mercy Street might have a care receiver who worships in the Sanctuary, Upper Room, or Fair Haven.  We all work together for the joy of serving the Lord. If someone is interested in getting help from a Stephen Minister they simply call Chapelwood’s Pastoral Care Office.