Stephen Ministry

Help. Hope. Healing

What is Stephen Ministry?

FBC Bolivar's Stephen Ministry equips lay-people to provide one-on-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

Stephen Ministers Care For People Facing Tough Times

We all experience challenges in life--times when we could benefit from care and support. Stephen Minister can provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Loneliness or Discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • Terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • Chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's what you can do:

  • Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
  • Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone.
  • Tell a friend, neighbor, coworkers or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a compassionate person and a good listener, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Ministry Multiplies Ministry

Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. There are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.

Stephen Ministry provides a thoroughly biblical solution-equipping God's people for ministry. Gifted laypeople receive training to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide


Cindy Rice: (417) 326-4510

Barbara Adams: (417) 276-1561