Stephen Ministry at Mt. Zion UMC

One-to-One Christian Care to Those in Need

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  Galations 6:2
At Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, we are about "touching lives for Jesus Christ."  Based on Paul's advice from the scripture above, our Stephen Ministry program trains and supervises lay persons, called "Stephen Ministers" to provide one-to-one, Christian care to those in our congregation and community who are facing difficult life situations.
As a Stephen Ministry congregation, Mt. Zion is expanding the scope and depth of our congregational care. Gifted in areas such as mercy, wisdom, and encouragement, Stephen Ministers are trained to be active and compassionate listeners. Equipped with these gifts and skills, they bring empathy and understanding to those who are experiencing challenging life circumstances, such as loss of a loved one, chronic illness, marital stress/divorce, re-location, career change/job loss, or other difficult transitions. Through confidential,  on-going, one-to-one relationships, Stephen Ministers bring God's love and care to those in need of support and care. 
To learn more about how to receive care from a Stephen Minister or how to become a Stephen Minister, please contact the office staff at

Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry?

Everybody benefits from Stephen Ministry. Those receiving care from Stephen Ministers benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the crisis they face. Stephen Min-isters benefit through the spiritual growth they experience from being involved in meaningful ministry. Our pastor benefits because caring ministry at Mt. Zion is expanded and fewer peo-ple will slip through the cracks. Most of all you benefit from the knowledge that special care is available to you should you need it. In addition, you now have a place where you can refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, relative or anyone else you know who is going through a diffi-cult time so that they can receive special care when they need it most. Stephen Ministry makes Mt. Zion a much more caring place!
Love One Another As I Have Loved You
In John 15:12, Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. “ Loving and caring for one another is not just the pastor’s job- it’s something Jesus calls us all to do! Stephen Ministry is a min-istry in which people with special gifts for caring ministry can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who most need it.