Cary United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 08, 2022
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Stephen Ministries


Stephen Ministers are ready to help.

Stephen Ministry at CUMC

                                                            Established in 2008

Stephen Leader/Referrals Coordinator: Beth Krueger

Stephen Leader: 
Stephen Leader/Stephen Ministers: Paul Carlberg, Beth Krueger
Stephen Ministers:  Nancy Petriak


What Is Stephen Ministry?

The Stephen Series, also called "Stephen Ministry," provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers--called Stephen Ministers--in the congregation.


Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.

Since 1975, the Stephen Ministries organization, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has helped more than 11,000 congregations implement Stephen Ministry. These congregations represent more than 150 denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries.

The Stephen Ministry Difference

With Stephen Ministry--


Pastors don't carry the burden of being the congregation's sole caregivers. They have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.


Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and caregiving gifts in meaningful ministry--serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.


People who are hurting no longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.


Congregations have a practical, powerful way to:

  • "Equip God's people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12)
  • "Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)
  • "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)
  • "Go make disciples." (Matthew 28:19) Stephen Ministries
Stephen Ministers are ready to help.

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult  time and could benefit from the compassionate Christian care provided by a Stephen Minister, please talk with Beth Krueger, Referral Coordinator.

        My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  -John 15:12


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