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What Is Stephen Ministry?

Our Stephen Ministry exists to glorify God by equipping God’s people to share Christ’s love through one-to-one distinctly Christian care to individuals who are experiencing life’s challenges and difficulties.

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

Stephen Ministry Training 2016-17 – This 20 week class (10 weeks Fall Term & 10 weeks Winter Term) will teach class members the Stephen Ministry Techniques for bring Christ’s love to those people dealing with a life crisis. The Techniques can be used in any situation not just in a formal Stephen Minister/Care Receiver setting. This is your opportunity to learn these Techniques without obligation to become a FBCFM Stephen Minister. However, if you sense God's calling during this course to become a FBCFM Stephen Minister, you will complete an application and be interviewed by members of the FBCFM Stephen Leader Team. If you sense God's call during the Fall Term, you will be required to take the Winter Term. Please note this training is Tuesday nights beginning 8/23/16. Click HERE to see a detailed class schedule.

A Stephen Minister is. . .

  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver; meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need

Check out this video about one person's experience with Stephen Ministry!

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times
We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

If you would like to speak with a Stephen Leader or request more information about Stephen Ministry at FBC, please email Jerry Lape. Log on to for information about the organization.

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.