Most of you are familiar with Stephen Ministry – at least, you have a pretty good idea what it’s about. But did you know that Stephen Ministries St. Louis has been training Stephen Ministers for more than 40 years? That’s a long time and a lot of experience! The first 9 Stephen Ministers were commissioned in 1975 in founder Kenneth Haugk’s St. Louis congregation. The first 14 Stephen Leaders were trained only 3 years later in 1978. A very short nine years later, the Stephen Leader training was expanded nationwide to include six training sessions each year. During that 40 year span, Stephen Ministries St. Louis has trained 73,420 Stephen Leaders and more than 600,000 Stephen Ministers. There are now 12,796 congregations around the world that have enrolled in Stephen Ministry. They represent more than 170 Christian denominations and come from all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces, and 29 other countries. Stephen Ministry has brought Christian lay care to millions of care receivers around the world – what a great story!