What Is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.

Become a Stephen Minister!

  • Are you called to bring Christ’s care to hurting people?
  • Do you have a gift of compassion?
  • Are you a good listener?

Join us to learn more about becoming a Stephen Minister for our parish by attending our information session on Thursday, June 6th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Cathedral School Art Room (The doors just left of the Columbarium). For more information, please contact a Stephen Ministry Leader at 865-888-4050 or email [email protected].



Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by their Stephen Leaders to offer care to people who are hurting. A Stephen Minister typically has one care receiver at a time and meets with that person once a week for about an hour.


Care receivers are individuals in the congregation or community who are going through a crisis or life difficulty. Potential care receivers first meet with a pastor or Stephen Leader, who assesses their needs for care and matches them with a Stephen Minister. The caring relationship lasts for as long as the need persists.

For more information on becoming a Stephen Minister, please get in touch with our leadership team at [email protected].