Stephen Ministry


The mission of the Stephen Ministries organization is summed up in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13).

These words describe why our organization exists, what we do for people and congregations, and the difference we hope to make in the world. You’ll find these words written on the wall in the entryway of the Stephen Ministries Center in St. Louis, an encouraging reminder to our staff that always keeps us focused on our mission.

Stephen Ministry Training Modules

  1. The Person of the Caregiver
  2. Feelings, Your, Mine and Ours
  3. The Art of Listening
  4. Distinctively Christian Caring, Parts 1&2
  5. Process versus Results in Caregiving
  6. Assertiveness: Relating Gently and Firmly, Parts 1&2
  7. Maintaining Boundaries in Caregiving
  8. Crisis Theory and Practice: Danger versus Opportunity
  9. Confidentiality
  10. Telecare: The Next Best Thing to Being There
  11. Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources
  12. Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief
  13. Dealing with Depression:  The Stephen Minister’s Role
  14. Helping Suicidal Person Get the Help They Need
  15. Bringing the Caring Relationship to a Close
  16. Supervision: The Key to Quality Christian, Parts 1&2
  17. Care How to Make a First Caring Visit
  18. Follow Me
  19. Ministry to the Dying and Their Family and Friends
  20. Caring for People Before, During and After Hospitalization
  21. Ministering to Those Experiencing Losses Related to Aging
  22. Ministering to Those Needing Long Term Care
  23. Ministering to Those Experiencing Divorce
  24. Crisis of Pregnancy and Childbirth
  25. Providing Spiritual Care

Stephen Ministry Book Shelf

Finding Your Way to Say Goodbye
     Comfort for the Dying and Those Who Care for Them
            Harold Ivan smith
     Finding Hope When God Seems Silent
          Ben Patterson
Caring for Ourselves While caring for Our Elders
        Maren Tirabassi, Maria Tirabassi &Leanne McCall Tigert
Disappointment With God
     Three Questions no one Asks Aloud
           Philip Yancy
Hoping for More
    Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace
          Deanna S Thompson
Help, Thanks, Wow
     The three Essential Prayers
            Anne Lamott
Traveling Mercies
          Anne Lamott
The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ
             Quinn G. Caldwell and Curtis J. Preston, eds.
     A Guide for Caregivers
         Judith Allen Shelly
Is God to Blame ?
       Beyond PatAnswers tothe Problems of Suffering
             Gregory A. Boyd
In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart
      Hope for the Hurting
         Ruth Graham
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart
     How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering
         Kenneth G. Haugh
The Liturgical Year   
     The Spiraling Adventure of Spiritual Life
          Joan Chittister
Cries of Faith, Songs of Hope
     Prayers for the Times of Our Life
          John Gugel
Biblical Equipping
     God’s Word in Your World
         David A Paap
Life After the Death of My Son
      What I am Learning
           Dennis LApple
To Forgive is Human
     How to put your past in the past
         Michael Mc Cullough, etc.
Bible Readings for Caregivers
     Betty Groth Syverson
Water Bugs and Dragon Flies
     Explaining Death to Young Children
         Doris Stickney
Dutiful Daughters
     Caring for Our Parents as they Grow Old
              Jean Gould
The Bible Promise Book
   A Collection of verses for particular problems in life
           Barbour Books
Where to Find it in the Bible
          Ken Anderson
Psalms for Healing
     Praying with those in Need
          Gretchen Pearson