St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Stephen Ministry

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 “Bear one another’s burdens…and so fulfill the law of Christ.” 
~ Galatians

As a Stephen Ministry congregation, we have trained members of our congregation who are available on a referral basis to meet with members of the congregation to listen, to pray, and to offer Christian love in times of transition and crisis.

A Stephen Minister is...

  • a child of God who walks beside a hurting person
  • a caring, Christian friend who really listens
  • a lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

A Stephen Minister is NOT...

  • a counselor or therapist
  • a problem-solver
  • a casual visitor

Stephen Ministry helps meet the needs of individuals who are...

  • hospitalized
  • terminally ill
  • bereaved
  • in a job crisis
  • new members of the church
  • disabled
  • homebound
  • lonely
  • in a spiritual crisis
  • looking for a caring, Christian friend

All ministers involved in Stephen Ministry abide by the rule that all discussions and observations concerning those receiving care must remain confidential.

If you or someone you know would like to serve as one of these competent Christian caregivers or if you are a person who could use some extra support for your journey, be sure to contact Pastor Bob Speirs.

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America