S T E P H E N M I N I S T R Y

COVENANT IS A STEPHEN MINISTRY CHURCH

Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people.If you are going through a difficult time, consider having a
Stephen Minister.  If you know someone is facing difficulties, suggest that they request Stephen Ministry.

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What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a program for our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care, confidentially, to anyone in our community who is experiencing all sorts of life needs and circumstances.

Who benefits from Stephen Ministry?

People who need care:

  • Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
  • Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
  • Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
  • Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis
  • Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God’s unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister

How do I get a Stephen Minister?

Simply visit or call us at (334) 793-4440.
You may speak to Rev. Kyle Gatlin, our Associate Pastor.
All contact are made only with the person’s permission.

Rev. Gatlin will meet with the person, explain how
Stephen Ministry works and assign a Stephen Minister to
meet on a weekly or as-needed basis with the person.
Stephen Ministry continues to provide distinctively
Christian care for the person in strict confidentiality.

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

Covenant offers the 50 hours (18 sessions) of formal Stephen Ministry training at least once a year. Following the 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers attend peer supervision sessions for continuing education from our Stephen Leaders and encouragement from other Stephen Ministers.
Any person wanting to become a Stephen Minister needs only to have the desire to serve God by helping his fellow man.
Contact Rev. Kyle Gatlin at (334) 793-4440 if you are
interested in becoming a Stephen Minister.

What are some examples of problems
that Stephen Ministers deal with?

Hospitalization, declining health, disability or terminal illness, illness of a loved one,
the death of a loved one, divorce or separation from spouse, severe financial setback,
difficulties associated with aging, family or domestic problems, isolation or loneliness

Am I assured of confidentiality?

Confidentiality is the basis of all Stephen Ministry relationships.  Anyone receiving care can be assured that his or her identity – and what is shared in a caring relationship – will remain private.

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CONTACT

Contact Rev. Kyle Gatlin at (334) 793-4440 for more information.
To learn more about Stephen Ministries in general, outside of Covenant UMC, please click here.