Care Team

(formerly Stephen Ministry)

PLC’s Care Team is a confidential, caring ministry grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Those who are hurting receive love and support through one-to-one caring relationships. The ministry is fashioned after Stephen, one of the first deacons in the early Christian church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the needs of people in the Christian community.

  • Is life more than you can handle alone right now?
  • Are your relationships, your attitude or your health suffering?
  • Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?
  • Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God’s love can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness that you may be experiencing. Take a few minutes to watch this brief testimonial video from one of our PLC members and her Caregiver as they share how their Care Team sessions became “rays of sunshine” in a very dark season of life.

Learn more:

To contact the Care Team at PLC:

  • Email the Care Team.
  • Call the church office: (858) 672-3466.

Common circumstances supported by the Care Team:

  • Illness
  • Family frustrations and challenges
  • Loneliness
  • Chronic illness
  • Families of the chronically ill
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Separation or divorce
  • Being shut-in
  • Having a newborn
  • Low self-esteem
  • Terminal illness
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial setbacks
  • Struggling with faith in God
  • Aging
  • Facing life changes
  • Retirement
  • Miscarriage and infertility
  • Any loss – recent or never dealt with
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The Care Team Referral Process:

  1. Identify someone who is hurting and in need of Christian care (you, a friend, or a relative).
  2. You, a friend, a relative, or a pastor contacts a Care Team Leader about this need.
  3. The Referrals Coordinator will meet with this person to talk about the Care Team relationship.
  4. With permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Care Team Member to meet on a weekly basis with the care receiver.
  5. The Care Team Member provides distinctively Christian and strictly confidential care.
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What is a Care Team Member?

A Care Team Member…

  • Is a child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.
  • Is a caring, Christian friend who takes the time to really listen.
  • Is a Christian selected, trained, and supervised by Care Team Leaders to provide effective Christian care.
  • Makes a commitment including 50 hours of training, ongoing supervisory meetings, and an average of one 1-hour visit per week with the person receiving care.
  • Recognizes this as a confidential ministry.

A Care Team Member is NOT…

  • A counselor or therapist
  • A problem-solver
  • A casual visitor
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How may I become involved?

  • Pray daily for PLC’s Care Team.
  • Make referrals to PLC’s Care Team.
  • Inquire about joining PLC’s Care Team.
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Care Team Members are Caregivers…God is the Curegiver.