Stephen Ministry

Creating Pathways to Christ's Healing through One-on-One Caring Relationships

How Stephen Ministry Works

"The kindness of sensitive listening is the precise touch that can heal painful wounds.” - James E. Sullivan, The Good Listener

The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship is kept strictly confidential. Stephen Ministers typically meet with their assigned person once a week for about an hour. They listen with care, attentiveness, respect and a nonjudgmental attitude. These caring relationships last as long as the need persists—perhaps only a month or two in the case of someone who is dealing with a temporary setback, or possibly a year or more when someone is going through a more significant crisis or transition.

Listen to people tell their stories about how Stephen Ministry made a difference in their lives.

To learn more about our Stephen Ministry program and how it works, send a message to Stephen Leader, Ginny Pontious or Supervision Group Facilitator, Jim Wood.

If you would like to make a confidential request to receive help from a Stephen Minister, or refer a friend, send a message to Rev. Sarah Green or call her at 973-538-1776 ext. 17.

Are you, or someone you know, in need of a compassionate, caring listener to walk alongside you when you're hurting most?

Our Stephen Ministers are here for you

We all experience difficulties in life, but there’s no need to carry your burden alone. Through our Stephen Ministry, men and women trained as compassionate listeners are available to provide Christ’s loving care and support to hurting people in the congregation and beyond who are:

  • Grieving the death of a loved one
  • Dealing with divorce or separation
  • Hospitalized or recovering from hospitalization
  • Lonely or discouraged
  • Coping with or caring for someone with a chronic or terminal illness
  • Unemployed or in a job crisis
  • Newly disabled or caring for an ill or disabled family member
  • Moving or relocating
  • Adjusting to a birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • Transitioning into retirement
  • Dealing with the crisis of aging
  • Facing any other type of crisis or life transition