Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one confidential lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.
Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
We will have an information meeting via Zoom on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm. This session will explain the role of the Stephen Minister and the application process to become a Stephen Minister. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact our Stephen Ministry. Once you sign up, the Zoom link will be sent to you.
How Stephen Ministry Works
The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.
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
People learn to serve as Stephen Leaders by attending a Leader’s Training Course—a one-week conference that introduces the resources used to lead Stephen Ministry. Saint Jude has three Stephen Leaders: Chris Giglio, Mary Pat Davis, and Janet Pickering.
Stephen Ministers are parishioners trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one confidential 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.
Care receivers are parishioners who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
- 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 resources.
How do I get a Stephen Minister at Saint Jude?
Email our Stephen Ministry and you will be contacted by a Stephen Leader.