Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministers offer emotional and spiritual support in times of trouble. Walking with you through your crisis and to help you see that, with God’s love, you will be okay. They offer a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.

Who’s Involved in Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Leaders are church staff, lay leaders, and pastors trained to provide ongoing leadership for their congregation’s Stephen Ministry. They are equipped for this key role through the Bridge Leader’s Training Course offered by Stephen Ministries St. Louis.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by their Stephen Leaders to offer care to people who are hurting. They typically have one care receiver at a time and meet with that person once a week for about an hour.

Care receivers are individuals in the congregation or community who are going through a crisis or life difficulty. Potential care receivers first meet with a pastor or Stephen Leader, who assesses their needs for care and matches them with a Stephen Minister. The caring relationship lasts for as long as the need persists. Ministers offer care for a variety of life situations:

  • Grief
  • Terminal Illness
  • Hospitalization
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Childbirth or Adoption
  • Unemployment or Job crisis
  • Chronic shut-in or Disability
  • Empty Nest or Retirement
  • Loneliness
  • Faith issues

We Need Your Help:

  • Commit to serving
  • Embody Christ’s presence
  • Offer care to those hurting
  • Donate a monetary gift

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