Chaplaincy / Stephen Ministry

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

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 care giving to the guests and clients we serve at Greensboro Urban Ministry.

The Chaplaincy Program is proud to have the opportunity to work with Stephen Ministers from area congregations and students from area divinity schools (Duke, Shaw, and Wake Forest).

Stephen Ministry Training

The 2019-2020 Stephen Ministry training class will begin in September. If you are interested in learning more, please make a note of these dates and plan to join us:

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.: Information session at  Greensboro Urban Ministry 305 W. Gate City Blvd.

September 10, 2019 to March 3, 2020: Weekly Stephen Ministry training classes, 7-9 p.m. at Greensboro Urban Ministry (305 W. Gate City Blvd.). Topics include: Listening Skills, Confidentiality, and Crisis Intervention, Working with the Poor and Dealing with Addiction

March 10, 2020 to April 28, 2020: Supervised ministry, serving at Pathways, Weaver House or Partnership Village

Download these dates and training information by clicking here.

Could You Be a Stephen Minister?

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.

Think and pray about this opportunity for service.

For more information, call 336.553.2650 or email us.