Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-on-one confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need from a Christian friend who will support them during a difficult season of life. The Stephen Ministry provides a complete system of training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around a congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge.

We have a group of fully trained Stephen Ministers here at GFCS…

A Stephen Minister is…

– a child of God who walks beside a hurting person

– a caring Christian friend who really listens

– a lay person who has received hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

A Stephen Minister is not…

– a counselor or a therapist

– a problem solver

– a casual visitor


 For questions or for more information about applying to participate in this ministry, please contact the Pastoral Care Team;


 If you or someone you know could benefit from the confidential, one-on-one care and support of a Stephen Minister, please call our church office at 717-235-8390.