Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is an integral part of the lay ministry at Zion. Stephen Ministers listen, care, encourage, and pray for and with their care receivers who are going through difficult times and benefit from having confidential Christian support. God uses our Stephen Ministers to share Christ’s healing, forgiveness, and grace. The Stephen Ministry Program blesses and honors both the care receivers and caregivers. For more information about requesting a Stephen Minister, or becoming one, contact Pastor Jim (218-495-2563) or Susan Thompson

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.


The best way to understand how Stephen Ministry works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry: Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and care receivers.