Stephen Ministry


How Long Has Stephen Ministry Been Active at UMC-Dunes?

The confidential, one-on-one, Stephen Ministry program began around 1982 at United Methodist Church of the Dunes.  During the past thirty years, church members in this Christian ministry have been actively serving those in the congregation who are dealing with some of life’s toughest issues.


When Should I Call on a Stephen Minister For Help?

Anyone experiencing a major “life transition,” such as job loss, divorce, anxiety, hospitalization, recovery, death of a spouse, family member, friend or loved one, a chronic or terminal illness or a crisis in faith is welcome to contact a Stephen Minister.  Church members are paired with a trained Stephen Minister of the same gender to help them process their struggles and life issues.  The program is structured with organized visitations in-or-outside of the home for a short or extended period of time.  The length of the professional relationship depends upon the pair’s mutual decision to begin and end their ministry time together, as the seeker’s healing process dictates.


How Do I Contact a Stephen Minister?

Contact one of the co-leaders of the Stephen Ministry team:

Don; Phone:  231-670-6125

Robyn; Phone:  616-842-3156


OR, you may contact the pastor: or direct phone 616-842-7980 x22



How Do I Train to Become a Stephen Minister?

Training sessions begin in the Fall season and are held from September through April.  Each individual receives fifty hours of training and the program requires a two-year commitment.  All church members enrolled in training also receive peer supervision to equip them to learn how to listen, process, respond appropriately, and pray with the seeker they are paired with in this life-sustaining program.  All church members are welcome and encouraged to join this ministry team to offer fellowship and support to those in need.





Stephen Ministry Line Graphic:  Google images

Stephen Ministry Distinctively Christian:  Mt. Bethel UMC/Google image