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Stephen Ministry

Lay Members Making a Difference with Love and Care

Stephen Ministry at Saint Luke’s is a ministry of Christian caring and support. Stephen ministers are lay members who are carefully selected for their gifts of empathy, listening, and spiritual maturity, and are then given an intensive 50-hour training experience in the dynamics of grief and loss, as well as skills in active listening and caring Christian support. Stephen ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Under the direction of the Associate Rector for Pastoral Care ministries, Stephen ministers provide an extension of pastoral care, giving support and caring to more people than the clergy, by themselves, could hope to touch.

How Stephen Ministry Works

Stephen Ministry is protected by the same code of confidentiality members would expect from their clergy. Stephen ministers are paired one-on-one with a care receiver of the same sex, and meet with their care receivers as often as necessary (typically weekly or bi-weekly) until both feel that healing and wholeness have been achieved. In addition to their training, Stephen ministers meet twice monthly in small groups, called Supervision Groups, with a trained leader, to gain insight into their work and receive guidance from their peers and leaders.

How Stephen Ministry Can Help You

If you or a loved one is going through a period of struggle with loss, grief, illness, or other life crisis and would like the support of a Stephen minister, contact the Rev. John Mark Ford (205) 802-6203. Care receivers are normally restricted to members of the congregation, but exceptions are occasionally made if circumstances and resources allow.

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Contact the Rev. John Mark Ford by EMAIL or (205) 802-6203.