Stephen Ministry is a new ministry for Trinity. We start our first training
classes on June 6th, 2009. There may be many questions about this ministry at
this point so I would like to cover common questions and answers so all who read
this may learn about this ministry.
If you're interested in attending the training class, please return this
available Application to the parish office.
The Training Schedule is also available
here for your convenience.
What is Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a system through which members of Trinity are trained and
organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation
and community. This will multiply the amount of caring ministry Trinity can
provide by giving us a whole team of skilled caregivers who are equipped to
bring Christ's healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis or
experiencing other stresses in life.
Why Lay Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers. The
responsibility for passing on God's love is for all Christians, not just for a
chosen few. God has given us all gifts for ministry and called us to put those
gifts to use. Stephen Ministry is a way people with special gifts for caring
ministry can use those gifts to bring Christ's love to people in need.
Why Stephen Ministry?
We have many needs for care in our congregation and community: people
experiencing divorce, grief, a terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an
empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness, and many other stresses or
challenges. Often people with needs suffer silently or do not request or receive
the level of care they really need. With only one pastor for a congregation of
the size of Trinity, you can quickly see why it would be impossible for Fr. Mac
to meet every single need of every single person. Stephen Ministry expands the
care we can offer by equipping and organizing members to provide Christian care.
This gives us a larger pool of people with gifts, skills, and calling to bring
Christ's love and care to those who most need it.
Who Benefits from Stephen Ministry?
Everybody benefits from Stephen Ministry. Those receiving care from Stephen
Ministers benefit because they receive prayer and support throughout the crisis
they face. Stephen Ministers benefit through the spiritual growth they
experience from being involved in meaningful ministry. Fr. Mac benefits because
caring ministry at Trinity is expanded, and fewer people slip through the
cracks. Most of all you benefit from the knowledge that special care is
available to you should you need it. In addition, you now have a place where you
can refer a friend, neighbor, coworker, relative, or anyone else you know who is
going through a difficult time so that they can receive special care when they
need it most. Stephen Ministry makes Trinity a much more caring place!
Who are Stephen Ministers?
Stephen Ministers are members of Trinity who have gone through 50 hours of
training to provide high-quality Christian care to individuals experiencing a
crisis or challenge. Stephen Ministers are each assigned a care receiver and
meet with that care receiver for about an hour a week. This caring relationship
will last for as long as the care receiver needs it. If you would like more
information on how to receive care from one, please email us at
How does Stephen Ministry work?
When someone requests a Stephen Minister, one of our Stephen Ministry Referral
Coordinators — Mary Johnson or Audrey Kerxhalli — will meet with
that person, explain what Stephen Ministry is, and help determine whether
Stephen Ministry is the kind of care that person needs. Our Referrals
Coordinators then match that person with one of our available Stephen Ministers.
The Stephen Minister will then call that person and begin meeting with him or
her for about an hour each week as long as the need for care is there.
Everything is kept confidential. The Stephen Minister doesn't try to solve
problems; rather he or she listens, cares, prays, and helps the care receiver
find his or her path to healing and wholeness.