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Stephen Ministry

"Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ."  Galatians 6:2

About Stephen Ministry

Calvary Church is now a Stephen Ministry Congregation!

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education. Care receivers are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.
  • Men are matched with men; women with women.
  • When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.

Since Stephen Ministry was founded in 1975:

  • More than 13,000 congregations have enrolled in the Stephen Series.
  • More than 75,000 pastors and lay leaders from those congregations have been equipped at Leader’s Training Courses.
  • More than 600,000 laypeople have received Stephen Minister training.
  • More than one-and-a-half-million people have had a Stephen Minister to walk with them, providing one-to-one Christian care during tough times.

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They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit… full of God’s grace and power
Acts 6:5,8


Stephen Minister training:

Volunteer pastoral care training aims to make you a better listener, friend and caregiver. This is also the first step to becoming a Stephen Minister or Volunteer Counselor in Calvary Soul Care Ministries. The Stephen Ministry Training Course is experienced in round-table small groups and taught in 16, weekly 2 hour sessions. This training combines pre-class reading, lecture with projection, discussion, and skill practice.

Training and Reading Materials Include:

  • Stephen Minister Training Manuals 1 and 2
  • Christian Caregiving: a Way of Life (by Dr. Kenneth Haugk)
  • Speaking the Truth in Love: How to Be an Assertive Christian
  • When and How to Use Mental Health Resources

Fees for materials are partially subsidized by the ministry, so only $25 is required for registration.

Here is what Stephen Ministers say about the training:

  • Stephen Minister training teaches principles and skills that equip you to provide high-quality, Christ-centered emotional and spiritual care to others.
  • You gain insight into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who are hurting.
  • You develop relational and caring skills you can apply to all aspects of your life.
  • You deepen your faith as the Holy Spirit fashions you into a Christ-centered caregiver.
  • You feel a special bond with those in your class—experiencing real Christian community.
  • You come away a better listener, with a lot more compassion and empathy but with healthy boundaries.
  • Stephen Minister training is a lot of fun!

For additional questions, please contact our Stephen Ministry leader Pastor Ron Rogalski at 714-550-2361 or