Publication8Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2)


“God Cares and We Care”

Acts 6 of the Bible tells the story of St. Stephen, the first lay person chosen and commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need. Stephen Ministry is named in his memory.
Granbury First United Methodist Church is a Stephen Ministry Congregation with lay people trained in the Stephen Ministry system of Christian care-giving who have been commissioned for this ministry. They are available to any person experiencing a wide range of needs for crises, for as long as that need or crisis exists. 
Stephen Ministers do not replace the ministry of the pastor – rather, their ministry is in addition to that care, helping the entire congregation to grow as a warm, loving, nurturing community. They are initially trained for 50 hours (with required continuing education each year), bound by a promise of confidentiality, and ready to be active listeners to their care receivers. 
We are here for you! Let us know how we can hold you in our hearts and prayers and walk with you into wholeness. Contact our Referral Coordinator, Pam Horne to discuss having a Stephen Minister assigned to you or just to find our more about Stephen Ministry.
Examples of Stephen Ministry situations:
~ Being hospitalized, homebound, or lonely
~Persons facing a terminal illness, or their families
~Dealing with a job crisis
~Life transitions, including aging
~Persons with disabilities, or their families
~Going through a separation or divorce
~Loss of a loved one


Stephen Leaders

Pam Horne, Brenda Seawell, George Bridges

Stephen Ministers

Joanne Dunnick, Loretta Hardie, Valerie Marchman, Jo Herring
 God gave us all gifts – if your gift is that of caring for others, we encourage you to consider being a part of Stephen Ministry.
To learn how to become a Stephen Minister, please talk to one of our Stephen Leaders.

For more information on this ministry, please visit Stephen Ministry’s website: