Stephen Ministry is a program for training and organizing laypeople to provide one-on-one Christian care to hurting people. Stephen Ministers are lay volunteers who provide confidential Christian care by listening, praying, supporting, and encouraging hurting individuals. The ministers have over 50 hours of training, but are not professional counselors or therapists.
We continually provide awareness of the availability of the ministry and its value to our parishioners. We follow the guidelines set by the Stephen Ministries of St. Louis. Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian education organization founded in 1975 that produces training and resources known for their excellence, practicality, psychological integrity, and theological depth. These resources cover topics such as caring ministry, assertive relating, spiritual gifts discovery, grief support, spiritual growth, and more.
We use these resources to strengthen and expand our ministry. Individuals who utilize our ministry can grow in their their ability to relate to and care for others, grow in their faith, and journey through life crises.
Stephen Ministers meet twice a month for peer supervision and continuing education which is necessary for them to improve their ministry and to provide the best quality of care. Because of the strict confidentiality, required by Stephen Ministry, meetings are restricted to ministers who have completed the 50 hours of training.
Deacon Mark McCarthy