STEPHEN MINISTRY AT ST. PAUL'S


In May 2004, St. Paul's initiated a Stephen Ministry for the benefit of our parish and community.  This page is designed to give you some basic information about this program and how it may benefit you or someone you know.


WHAT IS STEPHEN MINISTRY?
Stephen Ministry is an interdenominational, structured, Christian care-giving ministry.  Through one-on-one caring relationships with specially trained church members, those who are hurting can receive the love and care they need to support them in times of crisis.  Stephen Ministry is named after St. Stephen, one of the first deacons of the early church.  These deacons were commissioned by the apostles to care for believers in need (see Acts 6:1-6).

WHAT IS A STEPHEN MINISTER?
Stephen Ministers are specially trained men and women of our congregation who offer one-on-one care to those suffering personal crisis or transition.  Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, age ranges, and backgrounds.  They are caring and sharing Christian friends who desire to walk with you and beside you when you are hurting, lonely, worried, confused, doubting, or lost.  They will really listen, offer referrals if needed, and offer to pray with you and for you.  Here's more information about Stephen Ministers and their work.

Stephen Ministers:

Please be sure to note that Stephen Ministers are not:

HOW DOES THE STEPHEN MINISTRY REFERRAL PROCESS WORK?
Our congregation's Stephen Leaders received specialized training in the administration of the Stephen Ministry program.  The Stephen Leaders, under the oversight of our pastor, supervise and train the Stephen Ministers at St. Paul's.  Upon learning that someone is in need of Christian care through Stephen Ministry, one of our Stephen Leaders will discuss the details with the individual.  If he or she grants permission, the Stephen Leaders will meet with one another for prayer, consultation, and discussion of the particular need.  If warranted, they will then assign a Stephen Minister to meet with the person on a regular (usually weekly) basis.

WHEN IS A STEPHEN MINISTER NEEDED?
There are times in life when each one of us needs the care of a Christian friend.  A Stephen Minister can be that friend in your time of need.  These needs include (but are not limited to) when you or someone close to you is:

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ST. PAUL'S STEPHEN MINISTRY PROGRAM?
If you have any questions about our Stephen Ministry program or if you feel that you or someone you know might need the service of a Stephen Minister, please call the church office at 410-592-8100 and ask to speak with our pastor or Stephen Leaders.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE STEPHEN MINISTRY AT ST. PAUL'S?
There are several ways you can support our congregation's Stephen Ministry.  Here are some suggestions:

WHERE CAN I LEARN ABOUT THE NATIONAL STEPHEN MINISTRIES ORGANIZATION?
Stephen Ministries of St. Louis is a not-for-profit, trans-denominational, religious and educational organization founded in 1975 by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist.  You can learn a lot more about this organization by visiting their web site.