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Stephen Ministry


Stephen Ministry is one-to-one Christian care for those going through a crisis or life challenge.

Stephen Ministers are members of the congregation that have gone through special training to provide emotional and spiritual support to individuals in our faith community. We all need help sometimes especially when walking through hardships such as grief, divorce, depression, loneliness or an illness. With Christ-centered care, Stephen Ministers help bear the burdens of those facing life’s difficulties and overwhelming uncertainties.

Are you interested in receiving care from a Stephen Minister?

Our life journey can sometimes be a difficult, uphill climb. At times we find ourselves in a season of change, uncertainty or confusion which can make the climb very steep. If we discover that we are isolated and climbing by ourselves, the climb will be even more difficult.

You don’t have to face your tough times alone. Hope’s Stephen Ministry has volunteers that have been trained to listen intently when someone is hurting and offer comfort, support and prayer through seasons of change, uncertainty or confusion. If you are interested in receiving care from a Stephen Minister, you can contact Misty Eddleman (Amy.Puddephatt@HopeChurchMemphis.com, 901-507-1913) or Bob Barber (Bob.Barber@HopeChurchMemphis.com, 901-453-3440), or you can click below and fill out a short form. Someone from Hope will then contact you.

Care receiver form

Galatians 6:2 tells us that we should bear one another’s burdens. This is the purpose of Stephen Ministry. We provide nonjudgmental, confidential, one-on-one, Christ-centered care. If you are in the midst of a tough season of life and need this type of support, let us help you out. We are meant to walk through these times together.

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

Have you seen the Lord work in your own life through difficult times? Do you feel the Lord could use you to support others in the midst of their season of uncertainty? Now is the time to learn how you can be an important part of this life-changing ministry. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister and attending the 2023 Stephen Minister Training Class at Hope Church, please submit a Care Giver Interest Form. You must be a member of Hope Church by January 2023 as part of the application process to be considered for the class. The application process will be announced soon. For questions please contact Misty Eddleman (Amy.Puddephatt@HopeChurchMemphis.com, 901-507-1913) or Bob Barber (Bob.Barber@HopeChurchMemphis.com, 901-453-3440), OR fill out the short form below to begin.

Caregiver form

Stephen Ministries - A Worldwide Experience

Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 13,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministry is in more than 180 Christian denominations, in all 50 states in the US, 10 Canadian provinces, and 30 other countries. More than one-and-a-half million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions more have been touched by Stephen Ministry in informal ways. Check out the national Stephen Ministry website to see how you could be a part of a world-wide experience! Just click on this link to connect.

Stephen Ministry Staff

Bob Barber

Care Ministry Associate

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