Stephen Ministry

Confidential Christian care

First Congregational’s Stephen Ministry program provides trained laypeople who offer Christian care to people experiencing life challenges. The identity of those receiving care and everything discussed with a Stephen Minister remain private.

If you are experiencing these situations and would like support during this challenging time, we are here to help. Please contact the church office at 715-834-2668 for referral to a Stephen Ministry coordinator.

  • Loss of a spouse
  • Loss of a child
  • Loss of a parent
  • Health challenges (chronic and acute)
  • Divorce
  • Demands placed on you as a caregiver
  • Loss of a job
  • Transition to a new demographic location
  • Transition to an assisted living arrangement (loss of independence)
  • Challenges associated with aging
  • Challenges/conflict within your immediate or extended family
  • Faith-related questions and struggles
  • Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Struggles with burnout or lack of work/life balance
  • Feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Difficulties dealing with pandemic-related issues
  • For parents: struggles associated with parenting teenagers
  • For parents: struggles trying to navigate online learning
  • Navigating palliative care
  • Navigating issues associated with adoption (e.g., identity, sense of loss)