of the Hills
United Methodist Church

26001 Muirlands Blvd.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691


30605 Avenida de Las Flores
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA 92688

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Stephen Ministry

Hurting? Struggling? Discouraged?
Stressed? Confused? Broken?


Stephen Ministers Are Ready to Care

Shepherd of the Hills' 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...

"Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry

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


Stephen Leaders Are...

Trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. with one of our Stephen Leaders

"Therefore encourage one another and build up each other." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Stephen Ministry Multiplies Ministry

Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.

Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution–equipping God's people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide.

Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting–both congregation members and nonmembers alike.

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry." Ephesians 4:12a

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–

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

Stephen Ministry at Shepherd of the Hills

Could you benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister?

Do you know someone else–perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative–who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? (Feel free to refer them to this site, or pass along a brochure.)

Are you interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister?

Then talk with a pastor or Stephen Leader (you can recognize us by our blue name badges), or contact the church office, to learn more.

Stephen Ministry is Christ Caring for People through People

Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregations and organizations worldwide. Log on to or call 314-428-2600 to learn more.

PBS created an interesting profile on Stephen Ministries, viewable here:
Stephen Ministries profile on PBS