Stephen Ministers are lay Christians selected, trained and supervised to provide confidential, Christ-centered care and support to those experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, terminal illness, loneliness, spiritual crisis, hospitalization, relocation, and other life difficulties.
The rector identifies people who need long-term pastoral care, and these care receivers are matched up with Stephen Ministers who meet with them about one hour a week.
Introduction to Stephen Ministry:
This program is our implementation of a world-wide ministry. The Stephen Series is now in more than 10,000 congregations from more than 150 Christian denominations, in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 23 other countries. More than 55,000 pastors, church staff, and laypersons have been trained as Stephens Leaders (those who oversee and direct Stephen Ministry in the congregation) at a Stephen Series Leader's Training Course. More than 500,000 people have trained as Stephen Ministers in their congregations. More than a million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions of others have received care from Stephen Ministers in informal ways. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it. (from article in Sept. News & Views.)
PBS Video on Stephen Ministry
The PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an 8 minute feature that vividly describes how Stephen Ministry is changing lives in thousands of congregations. Includes the video clip, a transcription, and comments by viewers on the program.
Share this Video - We encourage you to send an email with this video link to your clergy, Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, so they can share it with family, friends, coworkers, and others to tell them about the exciting ministry they are involved in. The link to the video is www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/; then under Latest News page back to April 9th and then click on the "Stephen Ministry" feature.
PBS Interview with Rev. Kenneth Haugk, founder of Stephen Ministries
This is a link to an 8 minute interview with Rev. Kenneth Haugk, founder of Stephen Ministries. This is an extended version of the interview with him in the PBS "Religion and Ethics" piece on Stephen Ministry noted above.
Links to Stephen Ministry Website:
o Stephen Ministries Home Page
o Introduction to the Stephen Ministry - Including down the page:
o How the Stephen Series System Works (5 steps)
o Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry
o Current Facts and Stats on Stephen Ministry
o Stephen Ministry Definitions
o Leadership Training Courses
o Training Resources
o Information for Clergy
o Steps to Begin Stephen Ministry at St. John's
o Downloadable Resources
o Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)