First Baptist Church of Oak Park has been a Stephen Ministry congregation since 1993 and on average has ten active congregation members serving as Stephen Ministers--well-trained lay caregivers who provide high quality, one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing various difficulties in life.
Stephen Ministers are not there to take the place of the clergy/pastoral staff--they serve as an extension of the church’s ministry that can provide more one-to-one support than the clergy could provide alone. The ministry is not just for the members of the congregation--it also is a community outreach as Stephen Ministers have served Care Receivers from outside of First Baptist Church.
The abiding principle is found in Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
For more information on the Stephen Ministry, please click the link below.