The mission of the Chaplaincy Program at Greensboro Urban Ministry is to offer a ministry of presence, pastoral counseling, volunteer service, prayer and worship, teaching, referral, and liaison with local faith communities. We work with guests, clients, volunteers, and staff.

Chaplaincy Program Goals

  • To share the love of God with all we meet
  • To connect people without a faith community to local congregations
  • To deepen the spiritual life of the entire community
  • To provide pastoral care and spiritual support for guests, clients, volunteers, and staff
  • To engage volunteers to experience ministry with the poor at a deep level
  • To deepen the spiritual life of the overall ministry
  • To develop relationships and support through greater connections between GUM and the faith communities of Greensboro
 Chaplain Andrei Spells                     Chaplain Helen McLaughlin

Stephen Ministry

A cornerstone of our program is the volunteer Stephen Ministry, which combines good psychology and good theology to prepare people to offer Christian caregiving to the guests and clients we serve at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

GUM Chaplains work with Stephen Ministers to deliver the following events and initiatives throughout GUM program areas:

  • Worship Services
  • Variety of Support Groups
  • Spiritual Life Retreats
  • Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Community Outreach
  • Divinity Student Intern Program

 To become a Stephen Minister, training is required to prepare individuals for this line of service.

Some examples of the training topics are:

  • Listening Skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Working with the Poor
  • Dealing with Addiction

The Chaplaincy Program is proud to have the opportunity to work with Stephen Ministers from many local congregations and students from area divinity schools.

Are you a compassionate listener? Do you have a desire to help the poor and homeless? Would you like to be able to offer effective and caring ministry to those Greensboro Urban Ministry serves? If so, the Stephen Ministry may be for you.

Volunteers who complete their training as a Stephen Minister join an active, caring ministry working under supervision. The 2019 training classes start in September. They are held weekly until March 2020 from 7pm – 9pm. Think and pray about this opportunity for service.

If you are interested in serving as a Stephen Minister, please complete the application below and one of the GUM Chaplains will get in touch with you.  You can also call the GUM Chaplaincy office for more information, 336.553.2650 or email us.


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