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Stephen Ministry Facts and Stats

Check this page regularly for the latest statistics about Stephen Ministry.

  • Stephen Ministry began in 1975.

  • Stephen Ministry is now in more than 13,000 congregations from more than 190 Christian denominations, in all 50 states in the US, 10 Canadian provinces, and 30 other countries.

  • More than 75,000 pastors, church staff, and laypeople have trained as Stephen Leaders (those who oversee and direct Stephen Ministry in the congregation).

  • 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. You can use the information to develop announcements or articles for your church’s publications and include it with any materials you submit to publications in the community.

  • 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.