Ministry Teams

Our ministry teams carry out the important structural and organizational work of our ministry.  
  • CHRISTIAN¬†EDUCATION:¬†Oversees¬†Sunday School program and other educational opportunities for church members. Some of these opportunities include Bible studies, Confirmation classes, and Vacation Bible¬†School. This team is also responsible for encouraging the use of the Church‚Äôs periodicals, devotional books, and ELCA teaching materials.¬†¬†
  • CONGREGATIONAL¬†LIFE:¬†Responsible for coordinating all of our church events.
  • DECORATING:¬†Works on the decorations for various special times of the church year (Christmas,¬†Lent, Easter,¬†etc.).
  • ENDOWMENT¬†FUND:¬†Oversee/administrate fund decisions for St. Stephen's Endowed Funds.
  • EVANGELISM:¬†Emphasis is outreach to non-members and the greater¬†Hickory area with the Word of our church and its ministries.
  • FINANCE:¬†Responsible for planning the budget and performing a yearly audit of the church books. Oversees any financial issues that present through the year, work with the Treasurer when there is a need, and monitor the Board of Trustees.
  • LIBRARY:¬†Works with our church library resources and space.
  • NOMINATING:¬†Secures members willing to submit their name for the ballot of the election for Church Council and Nominating Ministry Team for the following year at the Annual Congregational Meeting in November.
  • PROPERTY:¬†Works with the various needs and repairs necessary to maintain our church property in¬†good working order.
  • SOCIAL¬†MINISTRY:¬†Help the community and global outreach through needed projects.¬†
  • STEWARDSHIP: Strategic planning regarding the finances of our church.¬†Encourage and empower our members to commit beyond simple monetary gifts; giving also of¬†their time and talents.
  • WORSHIP¬†AND¬†MUSIC:¬† Enhances the worship life at St Stephen's by supporting our congregation with resources and ideas; preparing services of worship using the gifts of our congregation and community to offer joyful worship and heartfelt praise to God.¬†
  • YOUTH:¬†Supports the youth leaders and the youth of the¬†congregation in their efforts and activities.¬†¬†

See a committee that you'd like to join and help with? Contact the Church Office at 828-322-3211 or