What Is Stephen Ministry?
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2).
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in parishes that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry parishes equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. They are not to be confused with Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
For over 25 years, Christ the King’s Stephen Ministry has offered one-to-one pastoral care for individuals experiencing a wide range of life’s stressors – loneliness, loss of a loved one, hospitalization, separation or divorce, spiritual crises, unemployment or job crises, a chronic illness, a terminal illness, aging, relocation, recovery from an illness, miscarriage and/or infertility — at no cost to the receiver. Stephen Ministry trains and organizes lay persons to provide one-to-one Christian care in and around our parish.
What is my commitment? A Stephen Minister receives 50 hours of training on how to provide distinctively Christian care, commits to meet once a week with a hurting person for up to one year, and is a caring advocate who listens, prays, and leaves the cure and results to the Lord. A Stephen Minister also commits to attending regular supervision meetings on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month to ensure the best possible care for his/her care receiver.
Stephen Ministry Information
Linda Dyson at 678-235-0505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to www.stephenministries.org for more on the history and programs of Stephen Ministries.