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.
The Blessings of Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout the church and community.
Congregations receive a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV).
Pastors have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people (information for pastors).
Laypeople nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.
People who are hurting have a compassionate companion—a caring Christian friend who provides emotional and spiritual support.