Grace Church became a Stephen Ministry enrolled congregation in January, 2016, and commissioned our first 7 Stephen Ministers in May 2017. Today we have 8 active Stephen Ministers and 4 Stephen Leaders who support and train them. We are excited to be offering a dynamic lay caring ministry to persons within our church and surrounding community!
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system developed by the Rev Dr. Kenneth Haugk in 1975. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. A Stephen Minister (also known as a “care-giver”) and one who is going through a crisis or struggle in life (a “care-receiver”) typically meet together for about one hour a week for as long as it takes to work through the concerns of the care-receiver.
To learn much more about Stephen Ministries, click here. In addition, an excellent video clip describing this ministry is a PBS Special on Religion and Ethics highlighting Stephen Ministry, click here to watch.