Stephen Ministry is a distinctively Christian caring ministry in which clergy and laity work together to provide quality one-to-one care to meet the needs of people experiencing a wide range of life circumstances or crisis, such as loss of a loved one, illness, divorce or business difficulties. This unique one-on-one ministry is a loving commitment to care for and support one another in the Body of Christ.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained to offer high-quality individual Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Additionally, twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
Confidentiality is the sacred watchword of all Stephen Ministry caring. The Care Giver never reveals with whom s/he is meeting or why s/he is needed. Any pastor can assist a member in making the supportive connection with a Stephen Minister.
For any member of Ladue Chapel, a listening, caring friend is always available and as near as the telephone.
For more information about Stephen Ministry or how to become a Stephen Minister, contact the church office at 314-993-4771. For a confidential contact, call Rev. Anastassia Sharpe at 314-993-4771 ext. 3123; or Stephen Leaders Vivian Swain at 314-576-5427; Carolyn Birge at 314-997-2529; Jo Dyroff at 314-576-7426; Edmond Kopetz at 314-918-5050; or Jan Miller at 314-945-0204.
Information also available at the Stephen Ministry Home Office, https://www.stephenministries.org/default.cfm