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Christ Caring for People Through People

Stephen Ministry prepares God's people for service
to bring compassionate care and Christ's healing love to hurting people.


Our Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry – the identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.

Since Stephen Ministry was founded in 1975:

  • In addition to St. Mary’s, more than 12,000 congregations have become “Stephen Ministry Congregations”
  • More than 70,000 pastors and lay leaders have been trained as Stephen Leaders
  • More than 600,000 laypeople have received training as a Stephen Minister 
  • More than 1.5 million Care Receivers have had a Stephen Minister walk with them through a difficult time in their lives

Leaders, Ministers, Receivers

  • Stephen Leaders
  • Stephen Ministers
  • Care Receivers

Stephen Ministers are congregation members who are recruited, selected, extensively trained and commissioned to provide one-to-one lay caring ministry to people who are experiencing a difficulty in their life. Some examples of the type of care Stephen Ministers provide include:

  • Listening
  • Praying
  • Sharing Christ’s love
  • Showing compassion

What does it take to be a Stephen Minister?

  • A 24-month commitment of service to this ministry
  • Attendance at and participation in a 50-hour training program
  • Study of training materials
  • Service as a Stephen Minister (usually involving a one-hour weekly one-to-one visit) for about 18 months following training
  • Participation in twice monthly supervision meetings for about 18 months

If you feel you are being called by God to this Ministry, please contact one of the Stephen Leaders or email


Stephen Ministry - the After People

Male Perspective on Stephen Ministry

Getting Me Plugged Into My Church

I Can Tell Him Anything

Connected With God in a Way I Never Felt Before

Refusing to Give Up On Me

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or if you or someone you know would like more information about receiving the support and care of a Stephen Minister, please:


Call the church office: 772-287-3244