Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are members of the Glen Mar community who have been called to share God's love by providing ongoing caring relationships to others going through difficult times. After 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers are commissioned to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing loss or other challenges.

Stephen Ministry FAQs

What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is a trained layperson who provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to a person experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties. See for more information.
How do I explore getting a Stephen Minister for myself?
Email, call the pastor’s offices at 410.465.4995, extension 203, or speak to one of the pastors.
How is Stephen Ministry adapting its work during the pandemic?
Stephen Ministry continues its work throughout the pandemic. The process for getting a Stephen Minister can be entirely completed via phone and/or videoconference (Zoom). Stephen Ministers may meet with you in person or via videoconference depending on the preferences for both you and the Stephen Minister. Christian caregiving continues despite Covid!
Why is it called Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is named after St. Stephen, the first layperson chosen by the apostles to help care for the congregation (Acts 6).
Is Stephen Ministry only found at Glen Mar?
No! Stephen Ministry is based in St. Louis and over 11, 000 congregations have Stephen Ministers in their congregations.
How long has Glen Mar been a Stephen Ministry congregation?
Since 1988!
How do I become a Stephen Minister?
Stephen Ministry training typically occurs every year, September-March. Glen Mar partners with a consortium of other churches to provide training. Classes run once a week for two hours with the addition of up to three Saturday workshops for a total of 50 hours of training.

For more information, email Information about training is also posted on our Current Happenings page.

What would I learn in Stephen Minister Training?
Stephen Ministry training includes lessons on empathetic listening, appropriate boundaries, mental health issues, confidentiality, supervision, Christian caregiving, and other helpful topics.
What is the time commitment for a Stephen Minister after training?
We expect you to commit to being a Stephen Minister for two years after training. A Stephen Minister has 2 hours of supervision per month with all other Stephen Ministers at Glen Mar and meets with a care receiver approximately one hour a week.

Stephen Ministry Testimonials

Hear from those helped by Stephen Ministers in congregations across the United States. Click on a person below to hear his or her testimonial.