First United Methodist Church of Oviedo
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors

Stephen Ministry

"Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."
(Galatians 6:2)
What Care Receivers say about having a Stephen Minister (click here)
A Conversation with Stephen Ministers:
a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community. Stephen Ministers work together with our pastoral staff to reach more people with Christian Care than the staff can reach by themselves.
Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who...
  • express God's care through their lives to others;
  • receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts;
  • serve for at least two years; 
  • are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training;
  • visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care;
  • participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders;
  • are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship;
  • receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.

Stephen Ministry Care Receivers: There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend, a Stephen Minister Caregiver! These needs include but are not limited to...

  • the hospitalized
  • the terminally ill
  • those grieving a death
  • the homebound
  • those with a job crisis
  • the elderly
  • those in spiritual crisis
  • the separated or divorced
  • those with disabilities

If you or someone you know is hurting, find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders: Diane Bless, Karen Quick or Jim Wottring, or by calling the church office at 407-365-3255. You may also email us at

Our Stephen Ministers are ready to care for you.