Our congregation's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals in our community who are experiencing difficulty in their lives.
Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-on-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.
Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution, equipping God's people for ministry. Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide.
A Stephen Minister is...
- A congregation member with gifts for care-giving, who was carefully selected to walk beside a person who is hurting.
- A layperson who has received at least 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
- A caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages someone for as long as there is a need
Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's what you can do:
- Pray for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through our Stephen Ministry.
- Accept care from a Stephen Minister during your time of need. God doesn't expect you to bear your burdens alone.
- Tell a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is hurting about Stephen Ministry.
- If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential Ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
If you would like more information about becoming a Stephen Minister or need a Stephen Minister, please contact Rev. Camile May.
Stephen Ministries St. Louis supports our congregation's Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1975, Stephen Ministries provides training and resources to thousands of congregations and organizations worldwide.