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Stephen Ministry


Hurting?  Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?




Stephen Ministers care

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus' command to love one another.  Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

Is life more than you can handle alone right now?

Are your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?

Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?

Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?

Everyone goes through difficult times.  Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God's love with you can help you get through the cionfusion, stress, or lonliness you may be experiencing.



What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is...
A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
A caring, Christian friend who takes the time to really listen
A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

A Stephen Minister is NOT ...

A counselor or therapist
A problem-solver
A casual visitor


What are the needs with which Stephen Ministry can help?
We help those who are ...
Terminally ill
In a job crisis
New church members
In a spiritual crisis
Looking for a caring, Christian friend

How exactly does the referrals process work?

(1) A person -- either you, a relative, or a friend -- is hurting and in need of Christian care.

(2) The Stephen Minister Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care from a pastor, a friend, or from the person in need of care and only after the person in need has granted permission.

(3) The Referrals Coordinator meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.

(4) With the person's permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with that person.

(5) The Stephen Minister provides distinctively Christian and strictly confidential care.


Stephen Ministers are called to be Caregivers

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2 NRSV

Encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 

1 Thessalonians 5:14b NRSV


God is the Curegiver

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.

Psalm 55:22a NRSV

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 NRSV

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 NRSV


Stephen Ministry is an interdenominational ministry in which St. James the Greater Parish is pleased to participate.