Stephen Ministry at Hope Lutheran
Stephen Ministers are available and ready to walk with you as spiritual companions. Hope's Stephen Ministers are assigned to congregation members and to individuals from the community by Stephen Leader Steve Northsea at 352-586-8751 or call the pastor atHope Lutheran Church at 352-489-5511.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry. Hope's Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
What Is a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need.