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 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.