God does not intend for you to struggle alone! Stephen Ministry is 1-on-1 confidential support available as you face challenging life crises. Stephen Ministers are available to meet on a regular basis. All care-providers are trained, supervised, and matched with the same gender.

For more information about becoming a Stephen Minister

Check out this testimony from Ed Voth, who received support through a stressful time in his life.

Hear from a Stephen Minister first hand how they can help you.

All of us have needs in our lives. Sometimes these needs come when we are unprepared to navigate the challenges they bring. Emmanuel’s Stephen Ministry helps people in a personal way. With the guidance of a Stephen Minister, Val Braun found a healing path through challenging personal needs. She realised the benefits of one-on-one care and was motivated to support others.


Val’s story is one of many stories of strength, faith, and courage to overcome challenging needs.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry has been around since 1975, when Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist, developed training for caregivers who could assist him in providing “distinctively Christian care” to his congregation. Emmanuel is one of over 7,000 Stephen Ministry congregations from 90 denominations. Today, there are over 500,000 Stephen Ministers in the United States, Canada, and 23 other countries. For further information on Stephen Ministries check out stephenministries.org.

Who does it help?

Stephen Ministry is designed to train and equip lay persons to meet caregiving needs related to the regular challenges and crises of life.

Such as those people who are

Hospitalized, loss of health, in need of support, Inactive, Bereaved, grieving the loss of a loved one, Elderly, Lonely or discouraged, Terminally ill and their families, chronic illness, Home-bound or institutionalized, Disabled and their families, Unemployment or job crisis, Experiencing a spiritual crisis, Facing transitioning into retirement, Separated or divorced, Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, Affected by accidental or natural disaster, Imprisoned and their families, Parents with children leaving home, Experiencing the birth / adoption of a child, Single parents, Experiencing the stress of moving, relocating, Caring for an ill family member. Such needs often require more care than is commonly recognized.

If you would like to request a Stephen Minister, make a referral, or find out more about this ministry, email stephen.ministry@eefc.ca or call 203-326-9865.

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