Stephen Ministry is an active example of blending therapeutic and resiliency values with faith-based care. Lay ministers are trained, supervised, and provided with continuing education, equipping them to provide long term pastoral care to those coping with crisis.
The ministry has trained more than 600,000 lay ministers at more than 13,000 churches in the United States.
Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, suggested spirituality and recovery should work together, writing that faith has “…given purpose and direction to millions … a logical idea of what life is all about… a degree of stability, happiness, and usefulness”³.
In this sense, the goal of recovery, spirituality, and resiliency practices is the same.