What’s the biblical basis for Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry draws its name from the book of Acts. In chapter 6, Stephen was chosen to provide caring ministry to those in need. Caring ministry has been a feature of the Christian faith throughout history – and it is at the heart of what Stephen Ministers do.
Stephen Ministry serves to bring Christ’s healing love to those who are hurt. Jesus instructed his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you“ (John 13:34). Stephen Ministry, as a care-giving ministry, equips people to offer that love through their caring presence, listening, encouraging, and praying with their care receivers.
One of the Spiritual Works of Mercy, Comforting the Sorrowful, describes Stephen Ministry’s work well. The United Conference of Catholic Bishops describes this work as, “a listening ear to those going through a tough time.”
That’s what Stephen Ministry is all about.