Stephen Ministry

Christian Caregiving


Stephen Ministry provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers--called Stephen Ministers--in the congregation.

Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing life difficulties.  They are required to complete 50 hours of intensive training before being commissioned.


Stephen Ministry at St. Mark Lutheran began in 2004.  There are currently three Stephen Ministry Leaders and 14 Stephen Ministers actively serving the Muskegon community.  St. Mark Stephen Ministers may be assigned to a member of the congregation, a member of another community congregation, or a non-churched community member. 

Any other area Stephen Ministry groups are welcome to attend the continuing education programs provided for St. Mark Stephen Ministers.  Continuing education programs are occasionally offered to the congregation when the topic would be helpful to others.  Check the calendar for these opportunities.




Contact the church office if you or someone you know is a current for former member of the US military and needs assistance in meeting physical, mental, or emotional needs.

Stephen Ministry

Contact Pastor Gilson at 231-798-2197 if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, receiving care from a Stephen Minister, or wish to participate in open continuing education programs.

For more information on Stephen Ministry, click here.