In 1975, Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., a pastor and clinical psychologist, encountered one of the realities of parish ministry:
There are many more needs for care in the congregation and community than the pastor alone can possibly meet.
So Dr. Haugk drew on his background in theology and psychology and equipped nine members of his St. Louis congregation to be the first Stephen Ministers. Today, pastors in more than 11,000 congregations have found the Stephen Series to be a very effective way to multiply caregiving in the congregation.
These items may be of special interest to pastors.
Ways pastors have told us that the Stephen Series has helped them in their ministry.
Insights from pastors who share how Stephen Ministry has strengthened their own ministry and benefited their congregation. (In Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)
People often think of Stephen Ministry as a great way to care for members in need--and it is. But Stephen Ministry is also a powerful tool for reaching out to unchurched people and ministering to them during a time of need.
An interview with Dr. John Ortberg, pastor and noted author, who speaks about the dynamic effect Stephen Ministry has had on his congregation in the areas of caregiving, community, outreach, and spiritual growth. (In Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)
An inspirational story about the support one pastor received from a Stephen Leader at a time when he was nearly overwhelmed with caregiving needs following several tragic events in his congregation.
Read inspiring stories about congregations using Stephen Ministry to reach out in care to their communities.
Learn about a set of four short books to give to grieving people at four crucial times during the first year after a loved one has died. A simple yet significant way to help grieving people feel cared for, valued, and remembered throughout that difficult first year of grief.