What Exactly Is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay-persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.
Why The Name Stephen?
The name Stephen comes from St. Stephen, who was the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide caring ministry to those in need as recorded in Acts 6.
Where Did It All Start?
Stephen Ministry originated in 1975, when Kenneth Haugk, a pastor and clinical psychologist, began this ministry in order to multiply the care giving within his congregation in St. Louis, Missouri. Parkway Presbyterian Church established its Stephen Ministry program in 1991. Parkway is one of more than 8,957 Stephen Ministry congregations from more than 108 denominations. Stephen Ministries St. Louis, headquartered in Missouri, is the organization behind this international ministry.
Who Is Involved?
Stephen Leaders are the ones who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They recruit, select, train, organize, and supervise our Stephen Ministers; identify people in need of care; and match them with a Stephen Minister.
Stephen Ministers are the caregivers. Each Stephen Minister completes 50 hours of training in Christian care giving. This includes general topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, and using Christian resources in care giving. Their training also covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging. Our currently active Stephen Ministers are Frances Bordelon, Marlene Cooke, Walt Dabbs, Betty Bankston, Carol Emmert, Jan Faust, Frances Rodgers, Betsy Molaison, and Eva Earls.