Stephen Ministries







Stephen Ministry

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
- Galatians 6:2

Hudson UMC is a Stephen Ministry congregation. We care because God cares. When you are hurting, consider allowing a Stephen Minister to walk with you on your journey to wholeness, supporting you through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing. Stephen Ministers are called to be “caregivers.” God is the “Cure-Giver,” working within the hurting person to provide the healing.

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 initial training in how to provide distinctively Christian care, and participates in regular supervision, receiving continued education and skill building throughout their time of service.
A Stephen Minister helps to meet the needs of individuals who are… hospitalized, seriously ill, bereaved, disabled, lonely, homebound, in a job crisis, in a spiritual crisis, adjusting to a change in family relationships, such as separation, divorce, or a recent move, and looking for a caring Christian friend.

What a Stephen Minister is not:
- A counselor or therapist. (A Stephen Minister’s role is to listen and to care – not to counsel or advise.)
- A problem solver.
- A casual visitor.

Who will know that I have a Stephen Minister?
Only those to whom you choose to reveal it. There is a strict code of confidentiality within Stephen Ministry. All Stephen Ministers are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship. What a care receiver shares with a Stephen Minister remains confidential. Even in supervision, the names of care receivers and specific details are never discussed.

Do I really need care?
Are you confused about events in your life? Do you feel like you’ve lost control of my life and my problems? Do you doubt God’s presence and love for you? Are you hurting? Do your job worries seem too great to handle? Are you feeling lonely? Do you often wish you had someone to share your thoughts with? Have there been changes in your life that have caused adjustments to your lifestyle? Are you having difficulty making decisions and finding answers? Have you recently suffered a loss? Do you ever feel like you just need someone to listen?

How do I get connected with a Stephen Minister?
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from a one-on-one caring relationship, contact HUMC’s senior minister, Rev.Hoyte Wilhelm, (330-650-2650 ext 22). Rev. Wilhelm will meet with you to discuss Stephen Ministry and if appropriate, will assign a Stephen Minister to meet with you on a weekly basis. Stephen Ministers do not make cold calls. They are assigned care receivers by Rev. Wilhelm, only after the care receiver has agreed to receive the care of a Stephen Minister. Persons do not have to be a member of Hudson UMC to have a Stephen Minister.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Stephen Minister, click this link or contact Rev. Hoyte Wilhelm.