Stephen Ministry

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What is Stephen Ministry?

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.

Stephen Ministers are committed Christian people who:

  • express God's care through their lives to others;
  • receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts;
  • are commissioned as Stephen Ministers after completing their initial training;
  • visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care;
  • participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders;
  • are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship;
  • serve for at least two years;
  • receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.

Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitaliztion
  • Divorce or separation
  • Lonliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual Crises
  • Unemployment or a job crises
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • And many more 

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry:  The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

For more infomation contact Mark Stevenson: marks@livingstones.ab.ca.