What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry at Three Village Church seeks to share Christ’s love and healing power with hurting people in our community by training laity to provide one-to-one Christian care to people going through a difficult time in life.

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry based on the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministries was founded in 1975 and is currently operating in 30 countries internationally. Since its inception, one-and-a-half-million people have had a Stephen Minister walk with them and provide confidential Christian care during tough times.

How does Stephen Ministry work?

A trained Stephen Minister is confidentially matched with a person experiencing a life crisis. The Stephen Minister then meets with the Care Receiver to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. He/she provides one to one care, meeting with the care receiver once a week for about an hour., In addition, Stephen Ministers gather twice monthly with their Stephen Leaders for peer supervision, continuing education and prayer.

How do I get a Stephen Minister?

Contact us at stephenministry@3vc.org.   A Stephen Leader who manages referrals will meet with you to learn more about your situation and connect you with a Stephen Minister. All communication is confidential.

Who are the Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are Three Village Church members who have  received 50 hours of training to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality is a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.
  •  “Stephen Ministers: The After People” — A concise, poignant description of what a Stephen Minister is.
  • “The Blessings of Serving as a Stephen Minister” — Read what Stephen Ministers  say about serving in this ministry.

Who are the Care Receivers?

Care Receivers are people—3VC members or attendees and others from the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, crisis of faith, major life transitions, or other life crises. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care. The identity of those receiving care, and anything that is shared, remains confidential.

Stephen Ministry Leaders:
Arlene Pimentel, Coordinator
Pete Berol, Wayne Chesley, Rob Taylor

Contact Us

Let us know if you would like a Stephen Minister or more information on this ministry.