Highland Hills is excited to launch a new ministry of care called Stephen Ministry. During the month of September, we will introduce you to the ministry through Family Matters articles, testimonies in Sunday morning worship, and discussions on Wednesday evenings.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care for individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Who are Stephen Leaders?

Stephen Leaders (may be lay leaders, pastors and/or church staff) receive 50 hours of training at a week-long Stephen Ministry Leaders Training Course (LTC).

Stephen Leaders:

  • Build & sustain the Stephen Leadership team

  • Communicate with the congregation & congregational leaders to promote awareness and build ownership in Stephen Ministry

  • Recruit, select & train Stephen Ministers

  • Utilize the Stephen System to identify people in need of care &, when appropriate, connect them with Stephen Ministers

  • Support & supervise Stephen Ministers

Who are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of in-house training to provide confidential, one-on-one care to individuals who are hurting.

A Stephen Minister:

  • Is a congregation member who has the gift of caregiving

  • Is carefully selected and trained to provide emotional and spiritual care for those experiencing life’s difficulties

  • Is a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting, but does not try to “fix” the problem

  • Is a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages his/her care receiver

  • Is “there” for his/her care receivers, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week for as long as there is a need Meets for monthly supervision

On Sunday, September 9, Kam Cook presented a testimony in worship about her personal experience with Stephen Ministry and the vision for the care ministry at HHBC. Click here to read Kam's testimony.

In the coming weeks, you will learn more about Stephen Ministry and what an asset trained lay congregational care can be to the vitality of HHBC.