Stephen Ministry

UPDATE - September 5, 2021

Deb Jones and Pastor Deb are in the process of selecting our first class of Stephen Ministers. Training will begin in October.  Over the next few months these future Stephen Ministers will receive extensive training in Christian caring skills. Some of the areas they will cover include listening effectively, addressing feelings, confidentiality, using the resources of Christianity, being assertive, and a number of topics dealing with specific life crises.

Throughout, the training will emphasize the theology of caring for the whole person.  We ask for your prayers as we select our Stephen Ministers and prepare them to provide one-to-one lay caring ministry to people experiencing life difficulties in our congregation and community.  

There is a cost to training our Stephen Ministers and running our Stephen Ministry.  If you would like to donate to help defray these costs, you can place any donations in the offering plate and mark it for Stephen Ministry.  For more information, contact Deb Jones at or 570-233-7675 or Pastor Deb.


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

Deb Jones and Pastor Deb attended Stephen Leader training through Zoom in June.  We will be sharing information about Stephen Ministry through the bulletin and newsletter each month. You are always welcome to ask either of us any questions you have regarding our Stephen Ministry.  

Stephen Ministry provides the training, tools, and support that will help our congregation train a team of lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—who will then provide one-to-one, Christian care to people experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, and other life difficulties.  A Stephen Ministry congregation receives a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

Pastor Deb will have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people, while the lay people will nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.  For more information, contact Deb Jones at or 570-233-7675 or Pastor Deb.