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stephen-ministry-logo.pngChrist Caring for People Through People

Palm Harbor United Methodist Church has a respected group of Stephen Ministers who are highly trained in the art of care giving. Stephen Ministers offer one-on-one care during a crisis. Their role is to listen and care – not give advice or counsel. They are also trained to provide follow up care with members after hospital stays or surgery, a death in the family, the birth of a child, or any other pastoral care need. Trust is essential in a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry.


If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact Marilyn King, Congregational Care Coordinator, at 727-785-7487 x2611.


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Stephen Ministry is:

  • A commitment to caring and supporting one another
  • A one-to-one, confidential ministry by trained, caring lay ministers
  • A meaningful way for our congregation to more fully use our talents in sharing both our burdens and our joys
  • A response to Christ’s command- “To love one another as I have loved you”

A Stephen Minister is:

  • A child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • A trained caring Christian friend who really listens

A Stephen Minister is not:

  • A professional counselor or therapist
  • A problem-solver
  • A casual visitor

Stephen Ministry helps meet the needs of people who are:

  • Lonely or depressed
  • Terminally ill
  • Disabled
  • In job crisis
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Affected by a financial setback
  • Struggling with their faith in God
  • Experiencing the birth/adoption of a child
  • Discouragement
  • Hospitalization
  • Facing other life transitions

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress or loneliness you may be experiencing.


Address: 1551 Belcher Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Phone: 727-785-7487
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