We are blessed with having a Stephen Ministry team here at Huntsville First United Methodist Church. Stephen Ministry is a caring ministry where specially trained congregation members, provide one-on-one, confidential Christian care to those experiencing a life challenge or crisis.

What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister may be found in the spectrum of caregivers between acquaintances and friends, and your pastor or professional caregivers.

Stephen Ministers Are…

  • Lay Caregivers
  • Distinctively Christian Caregivers
  • Recruited
  • Trained 
  • Commissioned
  • Supervised
  • Trustworthy
  • Part of an interdependent family of caregivers
  • One-on-one caregivers

Stephen Ministers Are Not…

  • Pastors
  • Clinical Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Spiritual Directors
  • Therapists
  • People in recovery
  • Best friends
  • Paid caregivers

Who needs a Stephen Minister?

We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as…

  • hospitalization
  • illness
  • terminal illness
  • chronic illness
  • death of a loved one
  • separation or divorce
  • child birth or adoption, miscarriage, infertility
  • unemployment or a job crisis
  • loneliness or discouragement
  • spiritual crisis
  • aging or taking care of the elderly
  • moving to or from the community, relocation
  • family member’s incarceration
  • recovery after an accident or disaster
  • military deployment

How can I refer someone to a Stephen Minister?
If you know someone who is hurting and in need of Christian care, choose one of these options to refer that person to Stephen Ministry…

Find a Stephen Minister.  We will have ministers available after most church services.  
Please find one of us to get information on how to refer someone.
Email us.  

Call us. You can leave a voicemail for the Stephen Minister Referral Coordinator by calling the main church phone number (256-539-5738).

Remember confidentiality is key. All conversations, emails and voicemails are kept confidential!

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

  • Complete an application (add link).
  • Submit the application via email (add link to email) or print the application and give it to a Stephen Minister after your church service.