Stephen Ministry


Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

     Rainbow Forest Baptist Church participates in Stephen Ministry, a practical tool for providing high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to hurting people in our congregation and community. Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations using the Stephen Series System, and provides a practical way to fulfill God’s command to bear one another’s burdens. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. 
     Our 16 Stephen Ministers have completed over 50 hours of training and are equipped to provide one-to-one lay caregiving to those experiencing life difficulties such as grief, divorce, and serious illness. Stephen Ministers meet regularly with care receivers to listen, pray, and support as they walk alongside them through the time of crisis. Stephen Ministry is a meaningful way to nurture and use your gifts in serving the body of Christ! If you would be interested in training to become a Stephen Minister, please contact Pastor Jim Kistner at and click Stephen Ministers below to learn more.
     If you or someone you know is going through a crisis or life challenge and may benefit from Stephen Ministry, please contact Pastor Jim Kistner at and click Care Receivers below to learn more. 

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.  Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care receivers are people going through tough times who are being cared for by a Stephen Minister. Potential care receivers first meet with a Stephen Leader who assesses their needs and matches them with a Stephen Minister. The caring relationship lasts as long as the need persists.