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Stephen Ministry Facts and Stats

  • Stephen Ministry began in 1975.

  • Stephen Ministry is now in more than 11,000 congregations from more than 160 Christian denominations, in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 24 other countries.

  • More than 65,000 pastors, church staff, and laypeople have trained as Stephen Leaders (those who oversee and direct Stephen Ministry in the congregation) at a Leader’s Training Course.

  • More than 600,000 people have trained as Stephen Ministers (laypeople who provide care to those who are hurting) in their congregations.

  • More than one-and-a-half million people have received care from a Stephen Minister in a formal one-to-one Stephen Ministry caring relationship, and millions more have been touched by Stephen Ministry in informal ways.

Additional Resources

The following resources (in PDF format) contain more information about Stephen Ministry.

  • Stephen Ministry Media Fact Sheet—A brief history of Stephen Ministry, definitions of the basic terms, and current Stephen Ministry statistics. Include the Fact Sheet with any press releases about your Stephen Ministry. You can also use the information in it to develop announcements or articles for your church’s publications.

  • Stephen Ministry Statistics—A map of the United States and Canada, showing the number of Stephen Ministry congregations in each state and province, along with additional data.