"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."
What is Stephen Ministry all about?
The Stephen Series is a program overseen by Stephen Ministries St. Louis; that teaches and enables members of congregations all over the world
to care for one another just as Jesus commands us to do. Stephen Ministers go through extensive training in their individual churches to
learn how to care for people who are experiencing some type of loss in their lives; i.e. loss of a family member, a job, their dependence,
their health, their self esteem, their faith... just to name a few. A Stephen Minister is paired in a relationship with one person and meets
with him or her (men with men and women with women) one to one on a weekly basis for an hour or so to 'walk alongside them,' offering
comfort and encouragement, extending the hand of Jesus. All of this is done without judgment and is completely confidential.
Stephen Ministry has been here at Grace since early 2009. To be trained as a Stephen Minister one needs to be a member of GUMC but to
receive care, one need not be a member of Grace or of any church. Stephen Ministry is a Christian Caring Ministry but will offer care
to anyone, provided that the situation is appropriate. To inquire about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, or to inquire about
training to become a Stephen Minister, contact Merryl Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org.