Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
A Stephen Minister is……
A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting.A congregation member with gifts for caregiving who was carefully selected to serve in this role. A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages. Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need. Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times 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
Divorce or separation
Terminal illness or chronic disease
Loneliness or discouragement
Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
Recovery after accident or disaster
Unemployment or a job crisis
Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remain private.
Here is a link to a recent PBS special on Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Leaders are trained leaders in our congregation who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister…
If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister…
If you have any other questions about Stephen Ministry, please contact one of our Stephen Leaders.
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. (www.stephenministries.org or 314-428-2600).