What is Stephen Ministry?
In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian support to those in need of a listening ear, non-judgmental presence, or encouraging word. These may include people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, facing a crisis, or just experiencing difficult times.
Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.
Who may need a Stephen Minister?
People who are dealing with:
- Family frustrations and challenges
- Family members who are ill
- Separation or divorce
- Loss of a loved one
- Being home-bound
- A new baby
- Death and dying
- Low self-esteem or feeling down
- Loss of a job
- Financial setbacks
- Loss of faith or hope
- Changes in their lives
- And other concerns
Consider Stephen Ministry even if it’s a little problem.
A problem isn’t little if it’s yours.
Stephen Ministry Featured on PBS
The PBS “Religion and Ethics” news show aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry in April 2010 that vividly describes the life-changing ministry happening in thousands of congregations.
View the Stephen Ministry feature on the PBS website, where you’ll also find several bonus features–including a nine-minute interview with Stephen Ministries’ founder and executive director, Kenneth C. Haugk.