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 Does Stephen Ministry Work?
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.
Stephen Ministry is one on one Christian care. Do you feel God’s call to be a part of this ministry?
Stephen Leaders
Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation. They—
  • build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community
  • recruit and train Stephen Ministers
  • meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs
  • match care receivers with Stephen Ministers
  • provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education
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 Recievers

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.
A Note from our local Stephen Ministers:


The caring relationship established through Stephen Ministry affords an opportunity to share God’s love with another Christian in a uniquely structured way and yields immense benefits for both the Caregiver (Stephen Minister) and Care Receiver.  The need for someone to listen to feelings of despair, anger, grief, frustration, etc. can stem from death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, spiritual crisis, chronic illness or acute health concern, plus other reasons.  Stephen Ministers are loyal, confidential, supportive and Christ-centered listeners, often brought in after Pastoral support has ended. They are “in for the long haul,” with many relationships lasting 2 years.  Caring visits are scheduled according to individual needs and desires, usually once every week or two, and average an hour in length.  Working full-time or raising a family does NOT prevent one from being a Stephen Ministers, as many appointments are arranged on lunch hours on in the evening.  Many Care Receivers have commented that it is a true blessing to have someone dedicated to THEM, listening to THEIR concerns, and praying for THEIR needs.  Never underestimate the power of a caring heart and listening ears!
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