Stephen Ministry

Linworth is home to a vibrant and growing Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministry encourages believers to walk alongside of each other through the pains and trials of life. At Linworth we believe that we are called to live in Christian community, caring for each other and sharing with one another the love of God.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the “Stephen’s Series” system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Why the Name Stephen?

The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen who was the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need as recorded in Acts 6.

Can I Trust a Stephen Minister?

Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry, and what a care receiver tells their Stephen Minister is kept in the strictest confidence.

How Much Does it Cost?

Stephen Ministry is free of charge to LUMC members, attendees, and the wider community.

How do I request a Stephen Ministry Caregiver?

To request a caregiver contact Rev. Gene Folden at

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

You can sign up on your “Everyone in Ministry Packet” each year during our stewardship campaign if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister. Or you can contact Shelby Elliott in the church office by email or by phone (614) 336-8485.

For additional questions about Stephen Ministry go to