Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships. A Stephen Minister is someone who cares for, supports, listens, and shares with anyone going through loneliness, loss of a spouse, retirement changes, unemployment, despair, childbirth, hospitalization, separation and divorce, grief, terminal illness, being shut-in and most of life's struggles. To ask for a Stephen Minister or get more information contact Bill Gibbs through 913-334-7777 x221.
What Is Stephen Ministry?
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Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).
Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one 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.
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—Direct the overall ministry in the congregation. Learn more about Stephen Leader training.
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, develops key skills, and gets people excited about this caring ministry. Most congregations begin with two to four Stephen Leaders, typically including a pastor, possibly another church staff person, and one or more lay leaders.
Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Learn more about Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one 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.
What Is a Stephen Minister?—Stephen Ministers describe how much they grow from serving in this ministry.
Stephen Minister Training—“The Best 50 Hours of Training You’ll Ever Experience!”
Care Receivers—People going through tough times who are being cared for by Stephen Ministers. Watch videos with stories from care receivers.
Care receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—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 resource.