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Stephen Ministry

Cross Lutheran Stephen Ministry

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister provides confidential care to a person of the same gender, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.

Cross Lutheran Stephen Ministry

Can you or someone you know benefit from a Stephen's Minister?

Below is a list of situations where people may benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister.

  • A broken relationship, divorce, separation
  • Hospitalization
  • Employment crisis or unemployment
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Terminal or chronic illness
  • Traumatic accident or event
  • Homebound, loneliness, aging, nursing home
  • Relocating or facing life transitions
  • Birth/adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
  • Children leaving home, parents needing extra care
  • Incarceration of a loved one

To request the confidential care of a Stephen Minister, you will need to complete the referral form
or contact Shirley Vollentine directly at 630-553-7609 or at 

Download/Print Stephen Ministry Referral Care Form: click here >>

Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

If you have gifts for listening, caring, encouragement, please prayerfully consider becoming a Stephen Minister. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith, develop stronger relationship skills, and bring Christ|s love into the lives of hurting people. Feel free to speak with any Stephen Minister to learn more.

After the Stephen Ministers go through training and commissioning, they receive a care receiver as soon as a good "fit" occurs. All Stephen Ministers meet once a month for fellowship, prayer, continuing education, and small group peer supervision.

Due to the intensive training, Stephen Ministers are expected to commit to the program for at least two years. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, complete an application to become a Stephen Minister or contact any Stephen Ministry Leader directly.

Download/Print Stephen Ministry Application Form : click here >>


You play a huge role in our Stephen Ministry. Here's how you can help:

  • PRAY for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people through Stephen Ministry.
  • ACCEPT CARE from a Stephen Minister during your time of need.
  • TELL A FRIEND , neighbor, coworker, or relative who is hurting about our Stephen Ministry.
  • If you are a good listener and a compassionate person, prayerfully CONSIDER BECOMING A STEPHEN MINISTER

Cross Lutheran Stephen Ministry

Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." John 6:28-29

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Thessalonians 5:11

For more information please contact Shirley Vollentine, Stephen Ministry Leader and Support Group Coordinator

630-553-7609 |

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Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
8609 Route 47 • Yorkville, IL 60560 • (630) 553-7335 (Church) • (630) 553-7861 (School)