Stephen Ministry provides one-to-one pastoral care for individuals experiencing a wide range of life’s challenges– loss of a loved one, hospitalization, separation or divorce, loneliness or discouragement, spiritual crises, unemployment or job crises, a chronic illness, a terminal illness, incarceration, aging, relocation, recovery after an accident, birth, adoption, miscarriage, and / or infertility, etc. at no cost to the receiver.
Stephen Ministry is designed to train and organize lay persons to provide one-to-one Christian care in and around congregations, with emphasis on confidentiality. Started by Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, a St. Louis Pastor and Clinical Psychologist, this ministry is named after the first lay person chosen by the Apostles to care for the needs of that early congregation (Acts 6:1-6); his name was Stephen.
This program has been implemented in more than 9,000 congregations representing more than 100 Christian denominations. More than 450,000 laypersons have been trained as Stephen Ministers, who in turn have ministered to nearly a million care receivers. Go to www.stephenministries.org for more on the history and programs of Stephen Ministries.
Please call (310) 566-1575
Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God's love and care into your life! They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists. Leave a message at the number above and a Stephen leader will return your call within 24 hours to set up an appointment.
As a Stephen Minister you will:
Each person who answers God's call to serve as a Stephen Minister is able, as a conduit of Christ's love, to have a positive impact on another person's life at a time when he/she needs someone to care. If you've been looking for a way to make a real difference in this hurting world, there's no better way than to join the Stephen MInistry here at St. Monica.
Please listen for announcements at Mass or check the bulletin for details about our next training session.