Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one, confidential care to people experiencing a recent loss in life, such as; death of a loved one, job loss, divorce, major illness, hospitalization, long-term care, loss of a home, separation due to military deployment, onset of disability, and spiritual crisis. 

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. Their commonality? A passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 13,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.

A Stephen Minister begins a caring relationship when he or she is matched with a person experiencing a major loss. The Stephen Minister then meets weekly or every other week with that person to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care.