Support Ministries

Stephen Ministry

One -to-one Christ-centered ministry to hurting people

What is the Stephen Ministry?

Athens Christian Church’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives such as: grief, separation or divorce, serious illness, loss of employment, or any other painful life situation or crisis. It is made up of Stephen Ministers who are gifted and trained to serve as care givers. A referral system helps match the needs of the care receiver with the right Stephen Minister.

What is a Stephen Minister?

Stephen Ministers receive 50-hours of initial training, followed by ongoing education and supervision to ensure highest quality Christian care.

A Stephen Minister is not…

a counselor, problem-solver or casual visitor

A Stephen Minister is someone…

gifted for caregiving selected to serve in this role

who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care

who walks beside another who is hurting

who listens, prays, supports, and encourages

who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully on a regular basis

To request a Stephen Minister for you or someone you love or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.


It hurts to lose someone. Find help with GriefShare.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm • September 11, 2019 through November 20, 2019

What is Griefshare?

GriefShare is a grief recovery support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. Each session includes a video seminar and small group discussion.

Topics included in the seminar are:

1. Living with Grief • 2. The Journey of Grief • 3. The Effects of Grief • 4. When Your Spouse Dies • 

5. Your Family and Grief • 6. Why? • 7. The Uniqueness of Grief, Part 1 • 

8. The Uniqueness of Grief, Part 2 • 9. God’s Prescription for Grief • 10. Stuck in Grief •

11. Top 20 Lessons of Grief, Part 1 • 12. Top 20 Lessons of Grief, Part 2 • 13. Heaven  

Contact Steve Gutierrez (217.414.0126) for more information about GriefShare.

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