Stephen Ministry



Boynton UMC is a Stephen Ministry Congregation. Trained Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. This care is available to our members as well as an outreach to those in the community.

Applications from those interested in being a Stephen Minister care-giver and taking the 50 hours of training are now being accepted for our next class that will begin soon. [Download Application]


With Stephen Ministry


  • Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and care giving gifts in meaningful ministry– serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.


  • The Pastor doesn’t carry the burden of being the congregation’s sole caregiver. He will now have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside and outside the congregation.


  • People who are hurting no longer suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.


  • Congregations have a practical, powerful way to:


“Equip God’s people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)


“Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)


“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)


“Go make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19)


Click here to watch a PBS story about Stephen Ministry 



To financially support this ministry, please make checks payable to “Boynton UMC” and write Stephen Ministry in the memo line.


To learn more about how you can become a Stephen Minister or to apply to receive care, please contact Wanda Harris at or 706-937-3260.


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