About Stephen Ministry
Staff Contact: Pastor Ann Spears
Stephen Ministry Helpline: 713-458-4709
A Stephen Minister is:
- A friend who comes in when the rest of the world goes out.
- A dedicated, trained member of the church, commissioned by the First Methodist family to administer confidential, in-depth caring. Someone who will visit with you weekly, listen, offer resources and referrals, pray with and for you, offer Christian love and support.
- A caring, supportive, Christian friend who has a desire to be with you in a time of need, grief, or crisis.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalms 147:3
Stephen Ministers address the needs of people who are:
Lonely, depressed, separated or divorced, homebound, hospitalized, grieving the loss of a love one, dying, experiencing the loss of a job or financial setbacks, new to church,inactive members, struggling with their faith in God.
If you are interested in speaking with a Stephen Minister, please call Stephen Ministry help-line at 713-458-4709.
To contact Stephen Ministry directly with any questions, email us at:[email protected]
How does one become a Stephen Minister?
A training program prepares interested persons to become Stephen Ministers and equips them to care for the many needs of our church.
Those who are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister must submit an application and be interviewed by Stephen Ministry lay leaders. The prospective Stephen Ministers commits to 50 hours of training and two years of service.
Included in the 50-hour training is information on such topics as:
Listening, Confidentiality, Crisis Theory and Intervention, Use of Prayer & Bible, Feelings, Assertiveness, Telecare, Specialized Needs – Grief, Divorce, Depression, Stress, Aging
Please contact a Stephen Minister at [email protected] for more information!