What is Stephen Ministry?
Trained lay caregivers called Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to persons who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated or facing other crisis or life challenges. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.
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 (see Acts 6).
The Meaning of the Logo
- The Stephen Ministry logo consists of a cross and circle, together with a broken person and a whole person.
- The broken person stands behind the cross, symbolizing the brokenness in our lives.
- The whole person stands in front of the cross because it is only through Jesus and His life, death on the cross, and resurrection that we, who are broken people, are made whole.
- The circle is a symbol of God’s eternal and never-ending love for us.