The Stephen Ministry Vision-Building Kit (shown in the image to the right) contains resources and ideas you can use to introduce people in your congregation to Stephen Ministry and build support for getting it started.
This kit contains—
a script for the presentation “A Vision for Beginning Stephen Ministry in Our Congregation;”
12 copies of the Turn Your Prayer List into a Care List brochure; and
a packet of information that describes how Stephen Ministry works, the benefits it provides, and how a congregation can get it started
This page contains downloadable resources and videos that can be used along with the material in the kit. Using the tools in the Stephen Ministry Vision-Building Kit along with those on this page is an effective way to educate others about Stephen Ministry and build support for getting it started in your congregation.
“A Vision for Beginning Stephen Ministry in Our Congregation.” This fully scripted presentation (in PDF format) can be used for talking to large or small groups about Stephen Ministry. The presentation includes:
an easy-to-follow script you can use as is or adapt to your situation and audience
an engaging activity to help people see the needs for care in a congregation and the value of Stephen Ministry in meeting those needs
options for incorporating videos—so participants can hear from those whose lives have been changed through Stephen Ministry
a handout people can use to follow along with the presentation
“Q&A: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Stephen Ministry.” This two-page item will help you answer the most common questions people ask about Stephen Ministry. You might print a copy for yourself to help answer questions people might have after you’ve given the “A Vision for Beginning Stephen Ministry in Our Congregation” presentation.
“A Vision for Beginning Stephen Ministry in Our Congregation” includes several opportunities to show short videos. You can play them from the DVDs in the Vision-Building Kit or click on the links below to play the videos.
Six individuals share how they experienced Christ’s life-changing love by receiving care from a Stephen Minister. These stories (each about three minutes long) help people catch a vision for the power of Stephen Ministry.Click here to display the videos.
These two videos, also found on the Nine Short Videos by Stephen Ministry Congregations DVD, describe what Stephen Ministers do and how they can make a difference in people’s lives.Click here to display the videos.
This three-minute overview helps viewers understand what Stephen Ministry is and how to begin Stephen Ministry in your congregation.Click here to display the video.
This video gives a short preview of the Leader’s Training Course for those considering becoming a Stephen Leader.Click here to display the video.