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Coastline’s Care Ministry exists to help our members and attendees in practical ways during times of crisis, transition, illness or hardship.


Coastline’s Care Ministry exists to help our members and attendees in practical ways during times of crisis, transition, illness or hardship.


Congregational Care Ministry

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."  Galatians 6:10


Out of obedience to and demonstration of Christ's love, our Care Ministry strives to provide congregational care to the church family at Coastline Bible Church. Every effort will be given to render assistance through the following services:

  • Lay Counseling through trained Stephen Ministers

  • Home/Hospital Visitation

  • Transportation

  • Meal Coordination & Provision

  • Card & Phone Ministry

  • Prayer Support

  • Special Event Assistance (i.e. baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.)

  • Matching Resources to Needs*

*Please note: Not all needs may be able to be met. Financial needs will be provided for at the discretion of Coastline's Elder Board and Steward Committee.


How to Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer for Coastline's Care Ministry, please contact:

Verne Arnold, Care Ministry Leader


How to Request Assistance

If you are a member or regular attendee of Coastline and would like to request assistance from our Care Ministry, please complete the online form below.



Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.


How Stephen Ministry Works

The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.


What is a Stephen Minister?

b_109_135_16777215_00_images_images_stephen_ministry_logo.gifStephen Ministers are members of Coastline who provide one-on-one care ministry to other Coastline members or attendees experiencing grief, divorce, loneliness, job loss hospitalization and many other life difficulties. 


Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.  Once a Stephen Minister has completed training and been commissioned by the church, they are prayerfully matched with people (care receivers) who are going through a stressful time or life difficulty.  A Stephen Minister meets with their assigned care receiver for about an hour a week for as long as there is a need.


Who qualifies as a potential care receiver?

  • People who are lonely.
  • People who are hospitalized.
  • People who are struggling with parenting.
  • People who are grieving the liss of a loved one.
  • People who are separated or in the process of divorce.
  • People who are terminally ill and their families.
  • People who are experiencing loss of job or financial setbacks.
  • People who are experiencing crisis situations.
  • People and families of those facing legal difficulties.
  • People who are struggling with their faith.
  • People who are separated from their family.
  • People who are recovering substance abusers.
  • People with "personal" relationship issues.
  • People who are experiencing hurt from abuse.
  • People adjusting to life changing situations; retirement, stay-at-home mom, promotion, new parent, empty nester, graduating from college, etc.
  • People who need someone to come along side of them during an especially difficult time - a caring soul who can help them process their feelings, their fears, their anger, their lack of faith, and yet provide hope.


Stephen Ministers do not serve as care givers for:

  • Minors
  • Couples, families, or other groups (This is a one-on-one ministry.)
  • Those who are suffering serious mental or emotional disturbances
  • Those who are suffering severe depression
  • Those with personality disorders
  • Manipulative individuals
  • Those dealing with abuse issues Substance abusers or chemically-dependent persons
  • Those exhibiting suicidal behavior
  • Those exhibiting violent behavior
  • Those who need a social worker
  • Those who are a part of their circle of friends

Stephen Ministers are not professional counselors, clinical therapists, experts in law, finance, or church doctrine. Stephen Ministers do not “fix” their care receivers nor are they problem solvers (per se).   Stephen Ministers are the Care Givers and God is the Cure Giver.


How to Make a Referral

To make a care receiver referral, please complete and submit the form below.



Becoming a Stephen Minister

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister (care giver), please contact Verne Arnold.