Most of the ministry that takes place within the diocese is done by lay people. While there are a few hundred ordained ministers there are thousands of lay people who use their gifts of teaching, preaching, listening, administration, music, leadership and others to minister to others and to further God’s mission in Devon.
Some will just be ‘getting on’ with what they have always done, others will have been trained and commissioned locally in a particular area of ministry. Others will have received a wider commissioning and be licensed. Readers are lay people who have been selected, trained and licensed by the Bishop of a diocese to preach, teach and lead worship in a pastoral context.
If you feel called to a particular area of lay ministry, speak to your local priest in the first instance. There are a number of ways in which you can serve and there is training available. For instance, if you are likely to, or are already leading worship, please take a look at the training offered by Andrew Maries and the Vocations page of this website.
You may feel called to assist with the distribution of Communion. Details of the 2016 Diocesan Regulations for Eucharistic Assistants, the new regulation which allow children to assist, can be downloaded here.
Foundations in Christian Ministry – a one year programme running from September each year: Foundations in Christian Ministry