A Stephen Minister Story
Steve Feith, a retired naval officer married with two children and four grandchildren, loves to ride his motorcycle, smoke cigars, and play golf. He learned about Stephen Ministry at church, but thought it wasn’t for him. He just wasn’t into “emotional” stuff.
Yet, as a naval officer, it had been his job to fix problems sailors brought to him. In training for Stephen Ministry, Steve, a fix-it person, learned that Christ, not himself, would fix people – people who were struggling and people who were dying and needed someone to listen to them.
As the program teaches, Steve respected his care receivers and walked alongside them in confidential relationships. Steve says he no longer sees people in terms of problems needing to be fixed but as people who need others to walk with them and reflect Christ to them.