Stephen Ministry

 

Who we are

Stephen Ministry provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers--called Stephen Ministers--in the congregation.  We provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.

Since 1975, the Stephen Ministries organization, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has helped more than 12,000 congregations implement Stephen Ministry. These congregations represent more than 170 denominations and come from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 29 other countries.

The Stephen Ministry Difference

(The caregiver’s compass is a recurring element throughout the Stephen Ministry Training Manual that defines the character of a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers use the four points and center of the compass to guide their caring ministry and chart their continuing growth as caregivers who are compassionate, full of faith, skilled, trustworthy, and Christ-centered.)

With Stephen Ministry-- Pastors don't carry the burden of being the congregation's sole caregivers. They have a team of gifted, trained, committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people inside the congregation.

Laypeople have a chance to use and strengthen their leadership and caregiving gifts in meaningful ministry--serving others while experiencing tremendous spiritual growth.

People who are hurting do not need to suffer alone. A caring Christian friend comes alongside them to provide emotional and spiritual care for as long as the need persists.

Congregations have a practical, powerful way to:

  • "Equip God's people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12)
  • "Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)
  • "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)
  • "Go make disciples." (Matthew 28:19)
 
 

The Meaning of the Stephen Ministry Logo

The logo’s most dominant feature is the cross. It reminds us that Christ is at the center of Stephen Ministry and all Stephen Ministry relationships.

The broken person behind the cross symbolizes how we are all “broken” people, broken in our separation from God, living from values of the world that are not Christ-centered. And, we can be broken from the sheer weight of our burdens that can overwhelm us.

The whole person in front of the cross signifies the wholeness we encounter through the transformative power of realizing the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness- that we are already accepted unconditionally just as we are.

The circle is a symbol of God’s eternal and never-ending love for us. It surrounds us, holds us, and heals us. Our broken and incomplete self is resurrected into wholeness through the “Christ in you, the hope of glory”. (Col. 1:27)

The Stephen Series logo tells the story of a care receiver’s journey from brokenness to wholeness. It serves as a simple reminder that it is not the Stephen Minister who restores a person to wholeness. The Stephen Minister is the caregiver. God is the cure giver. It is the story of the journey of all of us.

If you are “Called by Christ, Growing in Faith, and Serving with Love”

Stephen Minister Form

 

 

If you would like to receive care from a Stephen Minister

Care Receiver Form

Agreement Form

Care Receivers Tell Their Stories (more testimonials)

 

 

Contact: Carole Ann Reder  stephenministry@smmcc.org     phone: 864-288-4884 x232

 

 
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