Stephen Ministry

We provide emotional support through Stephen Ministers.

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Do you like to encourage, pray, and talk with others?

Training for new Stephen Ministers is coming beginning on Saturday, April 6. Stephen ministers are trained to provide Christ-centered, one-to-one care for people in our congregation and the community dealing with life's challenges and difficulties.

Classes are ten weeks, approximately 3 hours per class. Call the church office at 704-822-1933 to learn more!

Emotional and Spiritual Care to Individuals Facing a Crisis or Difficult Situation.

Feeling overwhelmed by life’s circumstances? We can connect you with a caring, confidential Stephen minister who will help you start moving forward again.

Stephen Ministers are Real Life Church members specially trained to provide emotional and spiritual care to individuals facing a crisis or difficult situation. They demonstrate God’s love by coming alongside care receivers who need extra support.

We support care recipients dealing with all sorts of emotionally stressful situations. These include, but are not limited to:

The loss of a loved one

Divorce or separation

Failed relationships

Family stress


Serious or chronic illness

Aging and dying

Recovery after an accident or disaster

Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility

Unemployment or job crisis

Financial concerns


Stephen Ministry is a gift from Real Life to those in need.

Complete the Connect Card to request an appointment with a Stephen Minister.


  1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Available 24/7, and in English and Spanish): 800-273-8255 
  2. Veteran Hotline855-838-8255 
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Find treatment areas)
  4. Salvation Army Recovery
  5. Celebrate Recovery
  6. American Association of Christian Counseling
  7. National Domestic Violence Hotline
  8. Mental Health First Aid
  9. offers people dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources — presented in a user-friendly format and language that’s easy to understand. Local NC Directory for substance abuse support. 1-800-662-4357 List of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers. 1-800-662-4357
  10. Hope for Mental Health, a series from Saddleback Church 
  11. Christian Care Connect
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