Stephen Ministry

Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay-people to provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and conversations with a Stephen Minister remain private.

A Stephen Minister Is...

  • A child of God who walks beside someone who is hurting.
  • A layperson with 80 hours of training in providing high-quality Christian care.
  • A caring Christian who listens, cares, prays, supports and encourages.
  • Someone who meets faithfully for an hour each week for as long as there’s a need. 

Stephen Ministers Care for People Facing Tough Times.

We all experience challenges in life when we could benefit from care and support. Stephen Ministers can provide the emotional & spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as –

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Health issues
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • Relocation
  • Many other life challenges


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You can also contact Bella Vista's Stephen Ministry by phone at (616) 535.0076.  Please be prepared to leave a voicemail.  This line and the voicemails are confidential and are monitored by the Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinator.

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