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:
Stephen Leaders have attended a week-long training session which will equip them to establish and direct Stephen Ministries at St. Mary’s. They are responsible for:
Our current Stephen Leaders are:
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:
What does it take to be a Stephen Minister?
If you feel you are being called by God to this Ministry, please contact one of the Stephen Leaders or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care receivers are congregation members and others in the community who are suffering physically, spiritually, emotionally and/or financially and who receive care and support from a Stephen Minister [link to SM tab]. Care receivers are trying to cope with a difficult time in their life, such as:
The relationship between a Stephen Minister and Care Receiver is confidential. Men are matched with men and women with women. And most importantly, when a Care Receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team can help make a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.