Stephen Ministry

Is God Nudging You to Service?

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Men and Women are Needed for this Vital Ministry!

Put your compassionate heart and desire to serve to work making a difference in someone’s life. Stephen Ministry provides the training and equips you so you are prepared, with no worries.

Who are Stephen Ministers?

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Who are Care Receivers?

Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
  • Men are matched with men; women with women.
  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

Typical Needs of Care Receivers:

  • Emotional Support for a variety of life challenges
  • Coping with a Family Crisis
  • Medical Conditions and Hospitalization
  • Spiritual Support
  • Divorce or Marriage Crisis
  • Financial Concerns
  • Addiction Recovery and Accountability
  • Death and Dying

What is the Goal for this Relationship?

  • To provide a Holy Spirit led, personal “one on one” ministry representing Bozeman Evangelical Free Church, assisting the leadership of the church in attending to spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of people seeking care, following biblical principles and modeling Jesus so they in turn are able to minister to others.
  • To provide an outreach and life support ministry that helps achieve the vision and goals of the E-Free Church Strategic Plan.

Is this an E-Free Ministry?

Yes. E-Free has been involved in Stephen Ministry since 2003.  Stephen ministers are church members who have completed comprehensive training to come alongside those in need and in times of crisis.

The needs of our church and community are great and we network with other ministries to encourage complete Christian care to those in need.  Our Ministry is not a replacement for Christian counseling from the Pastoral Staff or other professional counselors, but a support ministry to those services.

In What Areas do Stephen Ministers Serve?

Stephen Ministers have served and will continue to serve the wider community including Billings, Boulder, Belgrade, Big Timber, Shields Valley, and Gallatin Gateway.  We will continue to serve those who attend E-Free, those in other churches, and those who do not attend church.

Stephen Ministry – College Church from FBCOB on Vimeo.

Stephen Ministry – College Church from FBCOB on Vimeo.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Care Receivers Tell Their Stories

Greater Gallatin County Community Resource Guide (password protected)

Stephen Ministry Contacts

Cindy Aune            406.580.7778
Ann Rossmeier     406.579.3959
Glenn Lehrer         406.586.0015

If you are interested in connecting with and receiving the care and loving support from a Stephen Minister, please contact Cindy, Ann, or Glenn.