We care, God cures
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, and Stephen Leaders.
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 resource.
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 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.
Connect with the Stephen Ministry
To get connected with the Stephen Ministry at St. Mark’s, please complete this form and a Stephen Leader will contact you.