Congregational Care Ministers

Distinctively Christian Caregiving

Stephen Minister Logo

First United Methodist Church is currently in its 18th year of Congregational Care Ministery.  We have 23 active Congregational Care Ministers and 5 active leaders.

What is the Stephen Series? The Stephen Series is a system of training lay people to do caring ministry. Those who become involved learn skills and develop their talents for bringing Christ’s love to people who are grieving, depressed, or experiencing other stresses in life.

Why Lay Ministry? The Congregational Care Ministery Series in which First United Methodist is enrolled, is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers. The responsibility of passing on God’s love for people is not just for a chosen few, but for all Christians, who have been chosen to be God’s children. Likewise, the joy of helping others is the privilege of all Christians, who have been given power by the Holy Spirit for doing ministry.

Who benefits from the Congregational Care Ministery? All of us. We can have the confident knowledge that when the pains of life come our way, there will always be someone ready to care for us, to bring God’s love to us in a special, and personal way.

As you look at our Congregational Care Ministery logos, you will see a circle with a cross in the middle. On one side of the cross you will notice a broken, divided person, on the other, brought through the cross is a whole person, made whole by Christ’s love ministering to an individual.

Your Congregational Care Ministers are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship.

Please call or contact our pastors, any member of our church staff or a Congregational Care Minister, if you or someone you know could use a caring, listening, praying Congregational Care Minister.

Church office phone number: 856-235-0450


  • Nadine Mack