Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

Family, work, finances, health – life can be difficult. And sometimes, you need a listening ear and someone to pray with you as you work through your feelings. Our One-on-One Care Ministry is here to come alongside and minister to people experiencing a crisis or a challenging situation. 

Through our One-on-One Care Ministry, you can meet weekly to talk with a Stephen Minister for encouragement, support, and Christ-centered care.

What is Stephen Ministry?
The name Stephen Ministry comes from Stephen, one of the first laypeople commissioned by the Apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need (Acts 6:1–7). Stephen Ministers care for people facing life’s difficulties, such as divorce, family crisis, unemployment, illness, and grief.

Are Stephen Ministers licensed counselors?
Stephen Ministers are members of Fairhaven who have received 50 hours of caregiving-training and meet monthly for continuing education and supervision. However, they are NOT licensed counselors.

What is a care receiver?
A care receiver is a person who meets with a Stephen Minister for one-on-one care while experiencing a difficult time in life.

Is there a cost to meet with a Stephen Minister?
There is no cost, and meetings are confidential.

How do I connect with a Stephen Minister?
If you’re interested in meeting with a Stephen Minister, you can stop by the Welcome Center and request a “Care Receiver” application, or email us at

VIDEO: Hear stories from Care Receivers  
*Care receivers are people who meet with Stephen Ministers for one-on-one care.

Becoming a Stephen Minister
Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. The next training course begins September 12.

LEARN MORE: Being a Stephen Minister

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please complete the application, linked below.

APPLY: Become a Stephen Minister