What is a Stephen Minister?
Wilshire's Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Pastors remain on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are always many more needs for ongoing, one-to-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves. Stephen Ministry provides a biblical solution—equipping God's people for ministry.
Gifted lay people are trained to support and extend the care that pastors continue to provide. Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love to people who are hurting—both congregation members and nonmembers alike. We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty, such as:
- Loss of a loved one
- Illness or hospitalization
- Separation or divorce
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Spiritual crisis
- Job crisis or unemployment
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
- Recovery after an accident or disaster
All Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private. Men are paired with men, and women are paired with women.
How to get started
To learn more about receiving care from a Stephen Minister or becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Tiffany Wright, minister for care ministries, at (214) 452-3107. Application to become a Stephen Minister (pdf).
Stephen Ministry videos:
A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women.
Over the years, well over one-and-a-half million people have benefited from the one-to-one, Christ-centered care of a Stephen Minister. This care is entirely confidential—no one knows the identity of a care receiver except for his or her Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired the two together. The care receivers featured in these videos below stepped forward willingly to share their stories.
Learn more about Stephen Ministry on their website: http://www.stephenministries.org/