Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry. The three groups of people involved in Mayfield’s Stephen Ministry program include Stephen Leaders, Stephen Ministers, and Care Receivers.

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

  • build awareness of Stephen Ministry within the congregation & 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 & continuing education.

People learn to serve as Stephen Leaders by attending a week-long Leader’s Training Course.

Stephen Ministers are members of Mayfield’s congregation who are trained by the 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, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Once a month, Stephen Ministers gather together for supervision, support, and continuing education.

Care Receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—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.

Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister:

  • the relationship between a care receiver & a Stephen Minister is confidential
  • men are matched with men; women with women.
  • when a care receiver’s needs exceed what a Stephen Minister can provide, the Stephen Ministry team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource


If so, you don’t have to face it alone. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support.

A Stephen Minister will meet with you privately—by phone, video chat, or, safely in-person—to offer care and support. It’s free and completely confidential. For more information, contact the Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator, Joyce Gordon, at 216-570-3767 (leave a message) or