STEPHEN MINISTRIES

Stephen Ministries 
at Grace Coastal Church

Grace Coastal Church saw the need to develop caring ministry beyond the counseling services that are available as a ministry through our church. We also desired to grow as a body to care
well for the many who come into contact with the body of believers and are looking for a friend in the midst of facing many issues. 

We seek not to give a stone when bread is requested, but to provide two coats instead of one and walk further than requested with a neighbor in need. We intend to equip our body to do so through the nationally recognized Stephen Ministries (stephenministries.org).

John Ring and Colette Beauregard are in the process of becoming certified leaders. We anticipate bringing the Stephen Ministry training to Grace Coastal Church by the fall of 2017. Grace Coastal Church looks forward to bringing Stephen Ministry to all aspects of our
congregational life.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a complete system for training and organizing lay people (you and me) to provide one-to- one Christian care to hurting people in and around your congregation. It is “caring that changes lives.” 

Stephen Ministers multiply ministry by providing high-quality care to those who are:
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Terminally ill people and their families
  • Homebound
  • Victims of disasters
  • Hospitalized
  • New mothers and fathers
  • New members in the congregation or community
  • In job crisis
  • Facing major life transitions
  • Lonely
  • With chronic illness or disability as well as their caregivers
  • Suffering from separation and divorce
  • Experiencing a crisis or difficult time
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