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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry trains and organizes lay persons to provide ONE-TO-ONE Christian care, with emphasis on CONFIDENTIALITY. This Ministry is named after Stephen, the first lay person chosen by the Apostles to care for the needs of that early congregation (Acts 6:6-1).

The Stephen Ministers at DUMC are members of our congregation who have gone through extensive training to provide care to people from the congregation and community who are experiencing a difficult situation. Their commonality is the knowledge that God provides the cure and they are privileged to provide a safe place to share concerns.

Stephen Ministers:  The After People

People often ask, "What exactly is a Stephen Minister?" One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the AFTER PEOPLE

STEPHEN MINISTERS ARE THERE:

...after the phone call you hoped you'd never get

...after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you've held at bay come crashing in on you.

...after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.

...after the doctor says, "i'm sorry, but there's nothing more we can do."

...after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, "Welcome to your new home."

...after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away — and the house suddenly seems empty.

...after the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away

...after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible

...after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck

...after your family and friends have heard you story one too many times but you still need to talk it out.

Your Stephen Ministers are the After People. They are ready to come along side you  -  or your neighbors, co-workers, friends, or relatives - and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.

Download the application to become a Stephen Minister

What is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is . . .

  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person;
  • a caring Christian friend who really listens;
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.

A Stephen Minister is NOT . . .

  • a counselor or therapist;
  • a problem-solver;
  • a casual visitor.

 

Read more: What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers Care

What do Stephen Ministers do?

Stephen Ministers:

  • Listen
  • Explore feelings
  • Pray
  • Share Christ's love
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Attend to the caregiving process and leave the results to God

How to Receive Care from a Stephen Minister

Everyone goes through difficult times.  Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God's love during a confusing, stressful. or lonely time can lighten your load.   If you would like to have a Stephen Minister or know someone who could benefit from this kind of relationship, please call Pat DeBolt at 770-396-6836.

PRAYER IS PIVOTAL

Every member of our congregation plays an important role in this ministry. We need your prayerful support of our Stephen Ministers as they confidentially meet with their care receivers every week. We also need your help in identifying people who may benefit from having a Stephen Minister. If you see a friend, coworker, neighbor, or relative who could use some extra Christian care, please tell them about this ministry and encourage them to call us.

For more information about Stephen Ministry at Dunwoody UMC and future training classes, please contact any of the following Stephen Leaders:

Sarah Heller ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Pat DeBolt ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Diane Rhea ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Kathy Vernay ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Bill Sullivan ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Kathy Brockman, Pastoral Coordinator ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

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Worship Times

Traditional Services
9:00 & 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Contemporary Service
9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Contact Information

Dunwoody UMC
1548 Mt. Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA. 30338
770-394-0675
770-394-8492 FAX
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