St. Martin Lutheran Church is enrolled in the Stephen Series. The Stephen Series is a system for training laypeople, congregational members, to do caring ministry. Those training for Stephen Ministry will learn skills and develop their talents for bringing Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, hurting, or experiencing other stresses in life.
Stephen Ministry is designed to train laypeople for caring ministry. Loving others in Jesus’ name is a challenge and an opportunity for all God’s children. Likewise, the joy of helping others is the privilege of all Christians, for the Holy Spirit has given gifts to each Christian to use in service to others and to build up the church (1 Corinthians 12:7–11). Stephen Ministry will rely on the gifts the Holy Spirit has given to our lay members so that, as more people are equipped to care, Christ’s love for us will be able to go out from us in ever greater and more effective ways.