There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties –

loss of a loved one, spiritual crisis, illness, hospitalization, imprisonment, disability, discouragement, divorce, rehabilitation, job loss, loneliness, or other life challenges.

God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone. That’s why God has brought us together as a congregation–and why we have Stephen Ministry.

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who receive 50 hours of caregiving training to minister to people experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge, or simply going through a tough time.

A Stephen Minster will meet with their assigned care receiver on a weekly basis–privately and confidently–to listen, care, encourage, support, and remind them of Christ’s presence in their life.

If you’d like to learn more about Stephen Ministry for yourself, or know a family member, friend, neighbor, coworker, or someone else you know–inside or outside our congregation–you feel would benefit from having a Stephen Minister care for them, talk with one of our pastors or Stephen Leaders.

Bring Christ’s Care to Hurting People

Become a Stephen Minster!  Do you have gifts of compassion? Are you a good listener?

To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister at Ellijay First United Methodist Church, call, or email one of our Stephen Leaders.

If you are interested in participating, download the application form here, and submit the completed form to Gwen Scarth. Contact Gwen Scarth at 706-258-8757 or