Exploring Lay Ministry
Lay ministry includes a huge variety of types of ministry: youth and children’s work, ministry with older people, pastoral visiting, supporting those preparing for baptism or marriage, running Bible study groups, welcoming newcomers to church, mission and evangelism… In fact, the list is as endless as passions and skills of the people offering themselves for ministry!
If you are already offering your time and skills to contribute to the life of the Church in any way, you are already doing lay ministry! However, many people feel a sense of calling to do something more, or something different, and need some guidance to discern what this might be.
If there is a ministry within your local church that you think you have a calling towards, talk to your vicar. Many Benefices and Mission communities have a local ministry team – a group of lay people who are trained locally to offer a variety of ministries. Canon Andrew Godsall assists with the development of local ministry teams and is available to advise and help parish clergy in this.
If you need some help discerning what your calling to lay ministry might be, and would value to the opportunity to talk this over with a vocations adviser, email Hannah who will put you in contact with with a Vocations Adviser in your area. You may also like to attend an Exploring Vocation day – see events page.
An exciting course which began in September 2016 is the South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC) Foundations in Christian Ministry. The year-long course starts each September and runs over six Saturdays. It provides an opportunity for reflection, learning and listening to God with a group of others. This course is suitable for anyone who is discerning a calling to lay ministry – whether as a pastoral assistant, evangelist, a Lay Reader or something else. For more details on the course visit swmtc.org.uk.
For more details on the ministry of Lay Readership, visit the Exploring Reader Ministry page.