Stephen Ministers: The “After People”


Stephen Ministry has been in place at Trinity since the year 2000. Stephen Ministers take 50 hours of training from Stephen Leaders so that they can walk alongside and listen to another person who is going through a difficult time, such as divorce, grief, hospitalization, unemployment, terminal illness, relocation, chronic illness, loneliness, loss of a relationship, or any type of loss. A Stephen Minister begins a caring relationship when he or she is matched with a person experiencing a life crisis. It is a one-to-one relationship. The Stephen Minister then meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the person is in need of care. The relationship between a Stephen Minister and a Care Receiver is completely confidential.

People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” Stephen Ministers are there:
…after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
…after the divorce papers are served and the bottom falls out of your life.
…after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
…after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
…after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
…after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
…after the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
…after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
…after you find a pink slip with your final paycheck.
…after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

Stephen Ministers are the “After People.” They are ready to be with you and walk alongside you—or one of your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed. Read more about Stephen Ministry at

If you would like to have a Stephen Minister walk beside you or know someone else who could use the help of a Stephen Minister, please contact Trinity’s Stephen Leaders.