Stephen Ministry is a ministry at St. John’s in which trained and supervised  laypeople, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges.  These may include people who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, facing a crisis, or just experiencing difficult times.  Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

Stephen Ministry is a commitment.  Interested St. John’s members are asked to complete a written application (which can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right) and are personally interviewed by the Stephen Ministry leadership. Those individuals who are selected for the program will then complete 20 weekly sessions of training, beginning in May.  If you sense a calling and desire to learn more about training to become a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Justin or Dave Erickson. 

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by St. John’s Stephen Leaders to offer care to people who are hurting. A Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week for about an hour.  If you are interested in finding out more about being a Stephen Minister, click the image below.

God gave me a heart for other people. Stephen Minister training gave me the skills I needed to minister to people and bring God’s love into their lives during a time of deep need.”  Charlotte, Pittsburg, PA

One of the biggest things I learned is that it’s not about me, it’s about God. I am the caregiver, and God is the cure-giver. My job is to listen—to really listen and care—and rely on God to bring about healing.”  Paul, Clinton, SC

Read more about being trained as a Stephen Minister by clicking the image below.

Please click the image below to download the Stephen Minister application.  Print and complete the application and bring it to the church office.