Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of Ridgewood UMC are trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation and community. This will multiply the amount of caring ministry Ridgewood UMC can provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses in life.

Sometimes it takes more than a parka to keep a person warm; sometimes it takes the presence of a caring Christian friend. Stephen ministers share the warmth of God’s love with those who need it most: the lonely, the depressed, the grieving. Is God calling you to reach out to those who are hurting? Consider serving as a Stephen Minister.

Love One Another As I Have Loved You…
In John 15:12 (NRSV), Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Loving and caring for one another is not just a pastor’s job – it’s something Jesus calls us all to do! Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring ministry can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who need it most. Stephen Ministry is a vital part of our congregation’s mission.

Please pray for and support this caring ministry and these gifted people whom God has called. If you would like more information about Stephen Ministry or if someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, please call the church office at (440) 885-1360.