"To equip the saints for the work of ministry." (Ephesians 4:12a) “My command is this:Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12)
What is Stephen Ministry?
"Bear one another's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2) Priests will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis, but there are many more needs for ongoing care than priests can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution – equipping lay people who are trained to provide one-to-one confidential Christian care. Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting.
Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times
"Therefore encourage one another and build up each other." (I Thessalonians 5:11) We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as: loss of a loved one; hospitalization;divorce or separation; retirement; spiritual crisis; unemployment; terminal illness; losses related to aging; childbirth; chronic illness; relocation; recovery after an accident or disaster; other major life changes.
A Stephen Minister is a child of God who walks beside a hurting person; a caring Christian friend who really listens; a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care.
A Stephen Minister is NOT a counselor or therapist; a problem-solver; a casual visitor.
Commissioning of Stephen Leaders and Ministers on Sunday, August 15
How does the referrals process work? A person – either you, a relative, or a friend – may hurt or be in need of Christian care. The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care – from the clergy, the person, or a friend, always with the person’s permission. The Referrals Coordinator meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry. With the person’s permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis.The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person in strict confidentiality.
How can we help? "Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34) Could you benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister? Do you know someone else – perhaps a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who could benefit from Stephen Ministry? Be sure to get that person’s permission.
Are you interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister? To let us know how we can help you or to learn more about Stephen Ministry, talk to one of our Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers or contact us confidentially at:
Stephen Ministries St Louis Supports Our Congregation's Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregations and organizations worldwide. Go to www.stephenministries.org or call (314)428-2699 to learn more.
The Stephen Series logo
The Stephen Series logo symbolizes that we all are broken people and that it is through the cross of Jesus that we are made whole.