Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is...

  • confidential outreach program In which trained volunteers provide emotional and spiritual support to parishioners challenged by a life difficulty.
  • a vehicle for linking parishioners with community resources.
  • a means of training parishioners to skillfully support one another.
  • an expression of God's love that can turn crisis into opportunity.

Your Stephen Ministers...

  • have a heart for helping those in need.
  • express God' love by caring for and serving others.
  • are ready to serve after completing an initial fifty hours of training in caring
    ministry skills.
  • are regularly supervised under the guidance of trained Stephen leaders.
  • meet with you regularly and dependably to offer Christian support.
  • are committed to preserving the CONFIDENTIAL nature of the caring relalionship. Those receiving care can be sure that their identity and shared experiences will remain private.

Stephen Ministers...

  • serve for at least two years.
  • and receive continuing education and skills building throughout their years of service.

Stephen Ministers support those...

  • struggling with depression or loneliness.
  • who are recently hospitalized.
  • individuals and families facing serious or terminal illness.
  • grieving due to a death or other loss.
  • experiencing a problem pregnancy, birth or adoption.
  • separted or divorced and their families.
  • facing a difficult life transition.
  • challenged by a job loss, business or financial crisis.
  • experiencing spiritual crisis.
  • needing the support of a caring Christian friend.
  • ...and more.

Stephen Leaders are...

  • members of American Martyrs Church who have completed the Stephen Series Leaders Training Course and are commissioned to lead the Stephen Ministry of our Parish