A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women.
Over the years, well over one-and-a-half million people have benefited from the one-to-one, Christ-centered care of a Stephen Minister. This care is entirely confidential—no one knows the identity of a care receiver except for his or her Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired the two together. The care receivers featured here stepped forward willingly to share their stories.
Here are additional Stephen Ministry stories (PDF format) that you can print and share with others in your congregation.
“I Began to Feel God’s Love Again”—A young woman describes how her caring relationship with her Stephen Minister allowed her to experience Jesus in a personal, tangible, life-transforming way.
“I’m So Grateful for Stephen Ministry!”—A man shares how he and his Stephen Minister built a high-trust relationship, apart from his regular circle of friends, so that he could move forward through a tough time in his life.
“Stephen Ministry: Helping Dad Hang on during a Personal Earthquake”—A story about a father who received care from a Stephen Minister while grieving the death of his infant son.
“On the Front Lines of Care”—The story of an Army captain who lost his foot in an explosion in Iraq, trained as a Stephen Minister, and later returned to Iraq better equipped to care for the soldiers under his command.
“Stephen Ministers Helping People Get Back on Track”—Stephen Ministers are frequently involved in ministering to entire communities following a disaster. This newspaper article describes how Stephen Ministers cared for people throughout Joplin, Missouri, after a tornado devastated the city.
The PBS show Religion & Ethics featured a segment about Stephen Ministry. Watch the video on the PBS website for another opportunity to meet some care receivers.