Stephen Ministries expands the care Hope Lutheran can offer by equipping and organizing members to provide Christian care to those in our congregation and community experiencing divorce, grief, terminal illness, job loss, relocation, empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness and many other stresses of challenges.
Hope Lutheran Church is a Stephen Ministry congregation, which, through trained lay ministers, provides high-quality, one-on-one, confidential, Christ-centered care to hurting people. Our hurt may come from sources such as illness—our own or a loved one’s illness, death of a loved one, relationship or financial difficulties, divorce, a sense of loss as we age, even guilt for our own past sins.
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. -Galatians 6:2
The Rev. Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., gave birth to Stephen Ministry in 1975 in St. Louis out of a desire to equip lay people to assist him in providing Christian care and support to people in his congregation and the community who were experiencing life difficulties. Stephen Ministers complete 40 hours of training, which equips them to care for hurting people. Your hurt may radiate from one or more of a myriad of life circumstances. Hope’s commissioned Stephen Ministers are available to meet with you on a weekly basis, to listen and care. If you need someone to listen and care, a Stephen Minister may help to heal your hurts.
Who may receive care from a Stephen Minister?
Anyone may receive care from a Stephen Minister. Just ask.
What’s the time commitment?
The Stephen Minister will typically meet with you, one-on-one, for approximately one hour per week, at an agreed-upon time and place, for as many months as you desire. Meetings always include lots of listening to you and caring for you, and often include prayer to heal hurts and other intentions, some Bible reading, and/or sharing a devotional.
How do I ask for a Stephen Minister?
Contact the Stephen Ministry leaders or call the church office.