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Stephen Ministry


“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Is life more than you can handle alone right now?

Are your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?

Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?

Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?

Consider getting a Stephen Minister!!

What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Stephen Ministers are congregation members who provide one-on-one Christian care to those facing a difficult time in their lives.

The name Stephen Ministry comes from Acts chapter 6 in the Bible. Stephen was the first person commissioned by the Apostles to provide care to those in need.

The Stephen Ministry logo consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person. The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives. The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is through the cross of Jesus that we again are made whole. The circle symbolizes both the wholeness we receive through Christ and God's unending love for us.

Who are Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers are congregation members who receive 50 hours of training in Christian care giving under the supervision of a Stephen Leader. Once trained, the Stephen Minister is assigned to a care receiver, and meets with that individual for an average of an hour a week.

Stephen Ministers are not counselors, they are caregivers. Their role is to listen and care - not to counsel or give advice.

What are the needs with which Stephen Ministry can help?
Stephen Ministers can help those who are:
  • Hospitalized
  • Terminally ill
  • Bereaved
  • In a job crisis
  • Disabled
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Unemployed
  • Experiencing separation or divorce
  • In need of care for many additional concerns

How does one get a Stephen Minister?
It’s as simple as a phone call to the pastor or church office.

The referrals process works as follows:
  1. A person – either you, a relative, or a friend – is hurting and in need of Christian care.
  2. The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care from a pastor, a friend, or from the person in need of care (only after the person in need has granted permission.)
  3. The Referrals Coordinator meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
  4. With the person’s permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with that person.
  5. The Stephen Minister provides distinctively Christian and strictly confidential care.  
If you like more information about Stephen Ministry, please contact Barb Kesselring-Bishop at (636) 978-2727, ext 101 or by email at