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Pastors and Stephen Ministry

A Pastor-to-Pastor Letter from Stephen Ministries’ Executive Director, Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D.

Dear Pastor,

In 1975, I was serving in my first parish in St. Louis, Missouri. I quickly encountered a reality of pastoral ministry: The amount of care that people need in any congregation and community far exceeds the amount that any pastor can possibly provide alone.

Led by the Spirit, with a firm conviction in the priesthood of all believers and the role of the pastor to equip the saints for the work of ministry, I drew on my background in theology and my training as a clinical psychologist to equip nine parishioners to be the first Stephen Ministers.

Today, pastors in more than 13,000 congregations have found Stephen Ministry to be an extremely effective way to increase and expand caring ministry in and around the congregation.

I invite you to discover, as I did, that God, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

May the Spirit stir within you as you explore Stephen Ministry. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (314) 428-2600.

Cordially in Christ,
Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Stephen Ministries St. Louis

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Steps to Beginning Stephen Ministry
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