Stephen Ministries

Baylake United Methodist Church

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



Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care ministry comprised of laity at Baylake UMC. The ministry is designed to support those experiencing a life changing event such as a death of a loved one, terminal illness, or caring for an aging parent. During these times of need, our Stephen Ministers will walk beside you and care for you. This is an extension ministry of pastoral care for those experiencing difficult life circumstances within our congregation and community.


Stephen Ministers are members of Baylake UMC who have gone through extensive training in providing high-quality Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or life challenge.  Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.Stephen Ministers maintain confidentiality for those receiving the care. Stephen Ministers meet individually with an assigned care receiver for about an hour each week. This caring relationship lasts as long as the need exists.


 If you would like more information on how to receive care from a Stephen Minister, or participate in this ministry, please contact Rev. Deborah Clark at 757-464-2423 or

Stephen Minister Compliance Forms:

Contact Record Sheet

Check In Statement Form

Distinctively Christian Care Report

Stephen Ministers Progress Report