Stephen Ministry

 

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations using the Stephen Series system,
and provides a practical way to fulfill God’s command to bear one another’s burdens.
 
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
 
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about people involved in this ministry: Stephen Ministers and care receivers. To see more about becoming a Stephen Minister or find out more about receiving care from a Stephen Minister, choose the topic below. 

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.  Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Care receivers are people going through tough times who are being cared for by a Stephen Minister. Potential care receivers first meet with a Stephen Leader who assesses their needs and matches them with a Stephen Minister. The caring relationship lasts as long as the need persists.