Heart & Hands

Stephen Ministries

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Mission and Vision

Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian education organization founded in 1975 that produces training and resources known for their excellence, practicality, psychological integrity, and theological depth. These resources cover topics such as caring ministry, assertive relating, spiritual gifts discovery, grief support, spiritual growth, and more.

Congregations and other organizations use these resources to strengthen and expand ministry. Individuals use them to improve their ability to relate to and care for others, grow in faith, and journey through life crises.

Our Mission: The mission of Stephen Ministries St. Louis is summed up in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12–13).

These words describe why our organization exists, what we do for people and congregations, and the difference we hope to make in the world.


Stephen Ministry multiplies blessings throughout the church and community:
> Congregations carry out Christ’s commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 RSV) in a powerful and practical way.
> Pastors have a team of gifted, trained, and committed lay caregivers ready to minister to hurting people. (Find more details for pastors on our website.)
> Laypeople nurture and use their gifts in meaningful ministry, growing spiritually as they serve others.
> People who are hurting have a caring Christian presence to provide emotional and spiritual support.
> In short, Stephen Ministry helps carry out the mission of the church.

Trained lay ministers provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Care is provided through personal visits, listening, supporting, encouraging and praying for and with those in need. For more information, contact the following:

> St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church - Boerne - contact Patti Jetter at pjetter@me.com or Michelle Viro at smvro@aol.com.

> First United Methodist Church - Boerne - contact the church office: 830-249-2565

> St. Mark Presbyterian Church - Boerne - (830) 249-3232

> St. Joseph Catholic Church - Honey Creek (830) 980-2268 Contact Imelda Quiroz, Parish Receptionist

> Spring Creek United Methodist Church - Fair Oaks (830) 981-8331

> St. Helena's Episcopal Church - Boerne - (830) 249-3228

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