“The more Christians immerse themselves in the circle of Christ’s light, the more capable they become of understanding and accompanying the path of every man and woman towards God.”
Pope Francis
Lumen Fidei, 35
SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body

St. Stephen Ministry

When life's challenges become difficult to bear, St. Stephen's Ministers are there to help.
What is St. Stephen Ministry?
How St. Stephen Ministry works
How to become a St. Stephen Minister
Contact Person
What we are doing now
Link of interest

St. Stephen Ministry is:
One-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the St. Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called St. Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, going through tough times.

How St. Stephen Ministry works:
There are three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, Care receivers.

Stephen Leaders: Stephen Leaders establish and direct Stephen Ministry in a congregation. They:

  • Build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation and community

  • Recruit and train Stephen Ministers

  • Meet with potential care receivers to assess their needs

  • Match care receivers with Stephen Ministers

  • Provide Stephen Ministers with ongoing supervision and continuing education.

Stephen Ministers: Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually:

  • Provides care to one person at a time

  • Meets 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: Care receivers are people who receive care from a Stephen Minister. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.

  • Important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • The relationship between a care receiver and a Stephen Minister is confidential.

Men are matched with men; women with women.

How to become a St. Stephen Minister

Step 1: Enrollment

Your Stephen Ministry begins when your congregation enrolls in the Stephen Series. Enrollment gives you access to training, resources, and ongoing support from the Stephen Ministries organization.

Step 2: Training of Leaders

The pastor and lay leaders who will lead your Stephen Ministry attend a one-week Leader’s Training Course. They return home inspired and equipped to establish and direct your Stephen Ministry.

Step 3: Recruitment and Training of St. Stephen Ministries in the Congregation

After the Leaders Training Course [LTC], your Stephen Leaders recruit, select, and equip a team of lay caregivers to serve as St. Stephen Ministers.

Step 4: Matching St. Stephen Ministers with People in Need of Care

A Stephen Leader matches St. Stephen Ministers with people in need of care. Each Stephen Minister meets with his or her care receiver for about an hour a week to provide one-to-one Christ-centered care. Men are matched with men; women with women.

Step 5: Providing Support and Supervision to St. Stephen Ministeries

Your St. Stephen Ministers gather together twice monthly to receive the guidance, support, and encouragement they need to provide high-quality care. They also participate in continuing education to enhance their skills.

Contact Person

The Ministry of Compassion at St. Bartholomew's: Our St. 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 you need persists. 

If you or someone you know might benefit from receiving care from a St. Stephen Minister, please contact Deacon Julio Blanco-Eccleston, Director of Stephen Ministry, at (703) 821- 1654 or jublec18@earthlink.com

El Ministerio de Compasion: Nuestros Ministros de San Esteban están listos para traer el amor y cuidado de Dios a sus vidas!  Ellos te escucharán, tomarán cuidado de ti, te darán ánimo, rezarán contigo y por ti, y te proveerán con apoyo semanal por el tiempo que tu necesidad persista.

Si usted o alguien que usted conoce, se puede beneficiar del recibir cuidado de un Ministro de San Esteban, no dude en llamar al Diácono Julio Blanco-Eccleston, Director del Ministerio de San Esteban, al teléfono (703) 821-1654 jublec18@earthlink.com

What we are doing now...

Following the St. Stephen Ministry compass
JESUS IS AT THE CENTER: Our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST is the one who heals through us and fills us with faith, love, and forgiveness

IN THE AREA OF COMPASSION: Our caregivers are willing and able to share their care receivers’ feelings.


  • Caregivers receive 50 hours of initial training in Caring Ministry skills, concepts and practices;

  • Participate in regular support and supervision meetings under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders;

  • Receive continuing education and skill building throughout their years of service.

TRUSTWORTHINESS: We are committed to confidentiality: the cornerstone of St. Stephen Ministry.

FULL OF FAITH: We have started to see the fruits of our ministry through healing and hope in our care receivers.



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St. Stephen Ministry Prayer

Compassionate Lord, you walked the earth to bring the Good News of God’s love to all. You showed us by example how to love and care for one another. Make known to us your caring presence through the St. Stephen Ministry in our congregation. Help us to hear your call to service and witness. May this caregiving ministry be one way in which we touch the lives and hearts of others within and outside our congregation. Reveal to us your presence as we care and serve. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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