What do Stephen Ministers Do? They are caring Christian friends who listen, understand, accept and pray for and with care receivers who are working through a crisis or a tough time.
Are Stephen Ministers Counselors? They are not counselors; they are trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen and care—not to give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers can refer people to the appropriate resource if the level of care needed exceeds that of a Stephen Minister.
Can I Trust a Stephen Minister? Trust is essential to a caring relationship, and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry, and what a care receiver tells his or her Stephen Minister is kept in the strictest confidence.