Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
How Stephen Ministry Works
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Care Receivers, Stephen Ministers, and Stephen Leaders.
Care Receivers—People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer confidential, 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 meet with their Stephen Leaders twice a month for supervision and continuing education.
Stephen Leaders direct and establish Stephen Ministry in a congregation. They:
St Luke's Stephen Leaders
St. Luke's is blessed to have four Stephen Leaders: Steve Kistler, Beth Goetz, Sheldon Stine and Lisa Myhre
See one of our leaders if you wish to receive care or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen's Minister!