In 2015 the Hibben UMC congregation voted to become a Stephen Ministries Congregation as an outreach to members who are suffering from personal tragedy. Since June Stephen Ministers have been providing confidential care giving services so that “No One Should Ever Have To Suffer Alone”. If you feel you need a Stephen Minister, talk to a Pastor or one of the Stephen Leaders, call the church office or fill out a blue card (in a pew pocket in the church). If you would like to be trained to become a Stephen Minister, an application is available in the church office.

View a short HD video about the Stephen Ministry “Connected with God in a Way I Never Felt Before”.

What Is A Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

What is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care. A Stephen Minister is not a counselor, therapist, a problem solver or a casual visitor.

Caring For You Through Christ

This confidential, Christian caregiving is a vital part of the total healing ministry of Christ’s body, the church. Stephen Ministers are trained to aid their care receivers to deal more effectively with their own situations. These are some of the issues for which people may receive help from a Stephen Minister:

  • Struggling with faith in God
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Separation or divorce
  • Death or terminal illness of a loved one
  • Loss of a job
  • Hospitalization
  • New to our Community
  • Life transitions
  • Pregnancy/adoption
  • Aging and elderly
  • Other concerns

Stephen Leader contacts are:

  • Guerry Taylor, 843-881-0398
  • Nancy Baker, 843-884-4290
  • Sheila Sparks 843-850-6295
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