Stephen Ministers are members of St. Monica Catholic Community who have been through extensive training to provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people experiencing a wide range of life’s challenges. This may include loss of a loved one, hospitalization, separation or divorce, loneliness, spiritual crises, unemployment, illness, incarceration, aging, relocation, recovery after an accident, birth, adoption, miscarriage, and/or infertility, etc. This is offered at no cost to the receiver.
Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for an hour to listen, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Click below to hear from Care Receivers who have benefited from this listening ministry.
Over the years, well over one-and-a-half million people have benefited from the one-to-one, Christ-centered care of a Stephen Minister. This care is entirely confidential—no one knows the identity of a care receiver except for their Stephen Minister and the pastor or Stephen Leader who paired them together. The care receivers featured here willingly volunteered to share their stories.
For more information on the history of Stephen Ministries, go to www.stephenministries.org.
If so, help is available. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care. They will listen, care, encourage, and pray with and for you. Stephen Ministers have been specially trained to meet your emotional and spiritual needs; male Stephen Ministers are always matched with men, and female Stephen Ministers are matched with women. If you or someone you know is hurting, Our Stephen Ministers are there to care!
Leave a message and a Stephen Ministry leader will contact you.
As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 post-pandemic, we provide caregiving using Zoom, telephone and in-person opportunities.
We are thankful and excited about your interest in Stephen Ministry. We hope that you prayerfully consider taking the training and serving as a Stephen Minister here at St. Monica’s Church. Even though this is a serious commitment of time and energy, our experience as Stephen Ministers is that the blessings received far outweigh the costs. The training will help you learn how to care for others going through a life crisis and help you focus your God-given gifts and passion for service. May God bless you!
Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of training and commit to serving for 24 months, participating in continuing education twice a month and meeting with their care receiver one hour a week.
Thank you for your interest in Stephen Ministry - the Application is below.
We will open applications again in Fall 2023.
For the Stephen Ministry Job Description - Click Here to Download.
The following Stephen Ministers share their stories of personal and spiritual growth:
“I’ve learned how to listen to people and empathize with them. I’ve learned that I don’t have to fix anybody – I can be present with them and trust God to do the rest. It’s made me a better teacher, brother, friend and person.”
- Charles, Teacher
“Becoming a Stephen Minister was the best training I’ve ever experienced. It did a great job of building my confidence and equipping me to better care for others. The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of listening. All the distractions we have today can get in the way of really having meaningful conversations, but Stephen ministry training has helped me to stop, listen, ask follow-up questions, and be emotionally available. Above all, I learned that God is the one who brings healing. I’m there to walk with my care receiver, listen, and be on a journey with her.”
- Abby, Stay-At-Home Mom
“I was at a point in life where I was wondering, ‘Lord, where can you use me?’ Then, one day at church I saw a Stephen Ministry table in the lobby. It was perfect timing, like God was pointing me in that direction. My Stephen Ministry training taught me real caring skills I could use and apply in everyday life. I’d never encountered training that was so practical, spiritual, and transformative. I could feel the Holy Spirit changing me, helping me learn and grow.”
- Gigi, Executive Director