stephen ministry

There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties......


Disease                               Death of a loved one                           Disaster

Depression                         Deployment                                          Divorce


God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone.  That is where Stephen Ministers can  help. Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. 


Stephen Ministers help our pastor and congregation by providing quality caring ministry for hurting people.


The ministry takes its name from St. Stephen, the first of seven deacons called to serve the early formed Christian community. Founded in 1975 in St. Louis, Mo., by Dr. Kenneth Haugk, a Lutheran pastor and clinical psychologist, Stephen Ministry is an international and interdenominational ministry.


Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are trained care givers whose role is to be present, to listen actively, reflect thoughts and feelings, and to care. They usually meet with their care receivers once a week for about an hour for as long as they continue to benefit from the relationship. Everything that happens in these meetings is confidential; even the relationship itself is confidential.


For more information, visit www.stephenministries.org.


If you or someone you care about needs help, please contact our Referrals Coordinator, Sandy Wood, at sandy.wood@lansingfirstsouthern.com. You can also visit with Pastor Nathan or Sandy Wood any Sunday morning.



Help - People often feel their lives are scattered and confused.  Stephen Ministers through Christ, help people bring their lives back together while asking nothing in return.  Care receivers find order in lives where chaos reigned.


Hope - Christ's church is a safe place where people grow together to maturity within the Christian community.  Stephen Ministers support people with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to restore the hope of Christ.


Heal - Stephen Ministers assist people to move through their pain and suffering to the greater maturity and wholeness of their new life with Christ, leaving behind the emptiness of their old life.