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Volunteer Opportunities with Stephen Ministries

Video:  Two current Conference Team Member couples share about what it’s like to serve on the Conference Team.

Stephen Ministries is inviting married couples to apply to be part of our Conference Team.

If you and your spouse have been looking for a way to serve God together—and have fun doing so—this volunteer opportunity may be for you.

What Are Conference Team Members and What Do They Do?

Conference Team Members are volunteer couples who serve alongside Stephen Ministries staff at Stephen Series Leader’s Training Courses (LTCs). These Conference Team Members are motivated to serve at LTCs by their love for God and by their enthusiasm for participating in the equipping of people to lead Stephen Ministry in their own congregations. Conference Team Members travel to LTC sites (in Orlando, Anaheim, St. Louis, Dallas, and Pittsburgh) for ten days to serve in a variety of behind-the-scenes support roles.

What’s It Like to Be a Conference Team Member?

We asked some Conference Team Members about their experiences serving at LTCs. Here’s what they had to say:

“As my husband and I were finishing up our careers, we kept asking, ‘What next?’ The answer became clear as we found out about the opportunity to serve as CTMs. We had always wanted to volunteer together and serve God in a meaningful way—and now we get to do so several times a year.”

Cindy Rogner | Frankenmuth, Michigan

 

“We thought we’d be serving as CTMs for two years—and ended up serving for eleven! During that time, we became good friends with the Stephen Ministries staff, felt a sense of pride in what our teamwork accomplished during each LTC, and saw God’s love at work within each and every conference participant. It was a more enriching, rewarding experience than we could have ever imagined.”

Ellie VanDyke | Holland, Michigan

 

“The most rewarding part of being a CTM has been seeing all the ways we help, from running a video camera to distributing handouts, that add up to helping the whole conference run smoothly. I proudly wear my CTM name badge.”

Jim Rogner | Frankenmuth, Michigan

How Do We Become Conference Team Members?

If you and your spouse would like to become CTMs, follow this application process:

  1. Download and read “Role and Responsibilities of Conference Team Members.” This document will tell you more about what it means to be a volunteer Conference Team Member for Stephen Ministries.

  2. Download the Conference Team Member application.

  3. Send in application materials. Both you and your spouse will need to fill out an application. Each of you should include a cover letter. You might also provide a recent photo of the two of you, as well as any other pertinent information about your background, training, experience, or gifts.

    Mail these items to:

    Stephen Ministries
    Attention: Human Resources
    2045 Innerbelt Business Center Drive
    St. Louis, Missouri 63114-5765

    If you have any questions, call us at (314) 428-2600 and ask for Stephen Glynn or Becky Bogar.

  4. Evaluation Process. Once we have received your application materials, our team will review them. Typically we’ll follow up by setting up a time to interview you and your spouse together over the phone. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions about what it means to serve as a Conference Team Member.

  5. Training. If this ministry role seems like it might be a good fit for you and your spouse, we will invite both of you to come to an LTC to train as Conference Team Members. During the conference, you’ll learn from the Stephen Ministries Saint Louis staff and experienced couples, experiencing the role of a Conference Team Member and what it’s like to volunteer at an LTC.

  6. Follow-up Discussion. Your experience at the LTC will give you an opportunity to see firsthand—without an extended commitment—what it’s like to serve as Conference Team Members. If it seems that this role isn’t a fit, we can agree to stop the process, minimizing your time investment and any possible disappointment.

  7. Joining the team. Once you and your spouse have been trained and it seems that serving as Conference Team Members will work out well, we will officially invite you to join the team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of work is involved?

Conference Team Members serve in support roles, completing a variety of tasks throughout the LTC, such as operating the video camera and talking with participants in the conference office or onsite bookstore. You’ll find that the work does involve some long days. It also requires staying focused for extended periods of time, being on your feet for a good part of each day, and consistently representing Stephen Ministries in a professional and friendly manner. There are two days at the beginning of each LTC and one day at the end of the LTC that may require a higher degree of physical exertion.

Do you have to be retired?

Most Conference Team Member couples are either retired or semi-retired, but you don’t have to be retired to serve as a Conference Team Member couple. It is necessary to have a flexible work schedule that will allow you to be away from home for ten nights at a time, three or four times a year.

How far will we need to travel?

LTCs are currently held in five locations across the country:

  • Orlando, Florida

  • Anaheim, California

  • Saint Louis, Missouri

  • Dallas, Texas

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

You may elect to serve in any of these locations, as we have need.

Do we pay our own travel expenses?

Stephen Ministries will cover your travel expenses to and from the conference, as well as your meals and lodging during the week of the LTC. We will also make travel arrangements for you.

How many conferences do we serve at?

Most Conference Team Member couples commit to serve at three or four LTCs each year. We work with each couple to determine what would work best for them and for us.

How many years would we serve as Conference Team Members?

We ask Conference Team Member couples to commit to serving for two years. Many find the work so rewarding that they decide to serve for additional years beyond that. One couple recently “retired” as Conference Team Members after having served for eleven years.

Do we both have to be Stephen Leaders or Stephen Ministers?

At least one spouse in each couple needs to be either a Stephen Leader or Stephen Minister. However, it’s important that both of you be passionate about serving on the Conference Team and helping equip others to lead Stephen Ministry.