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Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshops

Experience a Sample of Stephen Minister Training and Learn How Your Church Can Begin Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshops are half-day events where you and others from your congregation can:

  • catch a vision for lay caring ministry;

  • experience a sample of Stephen Minister training; and

  • learn the basics about Stephen Ministry—how it works, the benefits it offers, and how to bring Stephen Ministry to your congregation.

You’ll come away with a clear understanding of the difference Stephen Ministry makes and a vision for getting it started in your congregation.

Attending one of these workshops is not mandatory for beginning Stephen Ministry—but they are an excellent way to get your questions answered and learn what Stephen Ministry is all about.

Three Engaging Sessions

Workshops take place on Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. or Sundays from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and are hosted by Stephen Ministry congregations.

Each workshop has three sessions:

SESSION 1: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief

  • Sample the quality of Stephen Minister training firsthand

  • Develop grief ministry skills you can put to use right away

SESSION 2: An Introduction to Stephen Ministry

  • Explore the life-changing value of this ministry

  • Discover how to bring Stephen Ministry to your congregation

SESSION 3: How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way

  • Learn to integrate faith into everyday caring and relating

  • Experience the Christ-centered nature of Stephen Ministry

Who Should Attend?

Each participant receives an informative packet of materials. Every congregation receives a set of DVDs with inspiring videos to build support for beginning Stephen Ministry.

  • Pastors and church staff

  • Lay leaders and decision makers

  • Caregivers and caregiving teams

Cost: $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from your congregation or organization

Workshop Dates and Locations

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshops are hosted at Stephen Ministry congregations across the United States.

Three Ways to Register

Take advantage of the group rate and bring a team of leaders and caregivers from your congregation.

1. Register Online (using a credit card)

Locate the workshop you wish to attend, click on “Register,” and complete the online registration form.

2. Register by Phone

Call the Stephen Ministries Center at (314) 428-2600 (Monday to Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Central Time).

3. Register by Mail or Fax

Download a registration form (in PDF format), fill it in, and mail or fax it to Stephen Ministries. Instructions are on the form.

If you cannot attend but would like to learn more about how to begin Stephen Ministry in your congregation, call us at (314) 428-2600 to request a free information packet.

How to Get the Most from This Workshop

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to gather a team of people who would benefit from this workshop.

  • Share your excitement about coming to the workshop.

  • Ask others to prayerfully consider attending with you.

  • Encourage them to explore the Stephen Ministries website, write down questions they may have, and bring those questions to the workshop.

Comments from Workshop Participants

Lay Participants

“I’m so glad we came as a team to this workshop. Everyone caught a vision for Stephen Ministry.”

Phyllis | North Carolina

“We came to the workshop ready to start a caring ministry. We were delighted to discover we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

Sam | Oregon

“This workshop helped me to get the big picture for Stephen Ministry, and I’m excited by what I see!”

Stewart | Texas

“At the end of the workshop, we all looked at each other, and someone said, ‘We are so ready for Stephen Ministry!’”

Wanda | Illinois

“We can feel the Spirit calling us into this ministry.”

Tim | Florida

Clergy Participants

“Our church is at a point where we need to organize our caring ministry. We discovered that Stephen Ministry has everything we are looking for.”

Ron | Oregon

“The best part was the exercise to see how many needs for care we have in our church. My group was like, ‘Wow! We have a lot of needs!’ They could see what I’ve been going through as a pastor trying to care for everyone on my own.”

Gail | New York

“As a pastor, I started the day saying, ‘Maybe.’ When we left, I said, ‘I’m ready!’ I am truly looking forward to lots of good things with Stephen Ministry.”

Wayne | South Dakota

“Ever since seminary, I’ve wanted to equip the saints for ministry. Now I know how we can do it.”

Barbara | Minnesota