What is Stephen Ministry?

The mission of Stephen Ministry is to provide confidential, loving and supportive care to those going through difficult times. Stephen Ministers don’t try to fix or solve problems. Their goal is to come alongside those who are hurting, wherever they are, to provide support. Stephen Ministers are not trained counselors–they listen, care, pray, meditate and engage with the care receiver to help find his or her path of healing.

Our trained Stephen Ministers are here to meet the needs of those who are dealing with:

  • Illness,
  • Loneliness,
  • Loss of a loved one,
  • Spiritual crisis,
  • Loss of a job, or
  • Other needs.

Stephen Ministry at Mandarin United Methodist Church

MUMC is a 25-year Stephen Ministry congregation that has trained  more than 100 Stephen Ministers. For our 25th anniversary, we created a video about the role Stephen Ministry plays in the lives and work of our pastors and congregation. Please view it below. A new Stephen Ministry training class will begin in January 2018. Contact the church office if you are interested.


How can I request a Stephen Minister?

Care requests are confidential. Only the Referrals Coordinator will receive your contact information in order to match you with a care giver. If you would like to be connected with a Stephen Minister, please fill out the Stephen Ministry Care Request Form or contact the church office at (904) 268-5549.

Questions? We can help you! Contact us at 904-268-5549, or if you prefer