4227 Lone Oak Road SE
Mailing: PO Box 3016
Salem, Oregon 97302

Stephen Ministry

stephen ministry

Bear One Another’s Burdens – In Galatians 6, Paul tells us to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” At Queen of Peace, our Stephen Ministers have been trained and organized to do just that. They provide one-to-one care, prayer, and support to those who are going through a difficult time.

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.

A Stephen Minister Is…

  • A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
  • A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role
  • A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
  • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
  • Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about 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 – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as…

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.

You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:

Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.

Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn’t expect you to bear your burdens alone.

Tell a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.

If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.

Stephen Leaders Are…

Trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.

  • If you—or someone you know—could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
  • If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister…
  • If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry…

Talk with one of our Stephen Leaders.

Tricia Boyle, 503-364-7202 ext 209, tricia@qpsalem.org

Lucy Stroup, 503-769-7228

Nahid Pecaroni, 503-585-8466

Mike Whalen, 503-362-6620, cantorguy@yahoo.com