What is Stephen Ministry?
In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to those in need of care. These may include people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, facing a crisis, or just experiencing difficult times.
Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.
Who may need a Stephen Minister?
People who are dealing with:
Consider Stephen Ministry even if it's a little problem. A problem isn't little if it's yours.
A Stephen Minister is:
If you would like to receive the support of a Stephen Minister or if you know someone who could benefit from this program, please contact a Stephen Leader.
If you would like to learn more about how a Stephen Minister could care for you or someone you know, or if you are interested in exploring a call to this ministry, please email
New classes are held every two years. A new class of Stephen Ministers was trained in the fall of 2008. Stephen Ministers make a two-year commitment to train and serve. If you'd like to learn more about Stephen Ministry Training, click here.
Click here for Stephen Ministry FAQ (frequently asked questions).
The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry in april 2010 that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations.
View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS Web site, where you'll also find several bonus features--including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries' founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.
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