STEPHEN MINISTRY

What is Stephen Ministry?

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:

  1. Stephen Leaders

  2. Stephen Ministers

  3. Care Receivers

Stephen Leaders



 

Stephen Leaders—Direct the overall ministry in the congregation. They

  • build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community

  • recruit and train Stephen Ministers (Click here if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Leader).

  • meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs

  • match care receivers with Stephen Ministers

  • provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education


People learn to serve as Stephen Leaders by attending a Leader’s Training Course—a one-week conference that introduces the resources used to lead Stephen Ministry, develops key skills, and gets people excited about this caring ministry. 

Stephen Ministers


 

Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Learn more about Stephen Ministers.

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

 

 

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:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.

  • Men are matched with men; women with women.

  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

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