Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry providing high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”  (Galatians 6:2)

How Stephen Ministry Works

God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of a crisis or tragedy.

Stephen Ministry involves three groups of people:

  • Care Receivers
  • Stephen Ministers
  • Stephen Leaders


Care Receivers

Care receivers are people struggling through a difficult time in life—grief, divorce, job loss, chronic/terminal illness, or other life crisis.

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

To protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister, 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 resources.


Need Care?

To request a Stephen Minister, contact us:

(419) 482-8532

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.


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 Leaders attend a one-week training conference that introduces the resources used to lead Stephen Ministry, develops key skills, and gets people excited about this caring ministry.