Lay training exists to help each of us fulfil our God given call. God calls all people to be his disciples, just as Jesus called everyone to follow him. Too often we think God’s call is only for the ‘super-spiritual’, the saints, the clergy, the holy people. But there are many roles in the kingdom of God and all of us have gifts, given by God. God wants to work with us, to use those gifts in our locality. This may need some training and preparation. Luke 10:1 talks of Jesus sending out 70 disciples after teaching them. Some went on to be leaders but many continued as fishermen, tax collectors, home makers. Sharing, in their everyday lives, their work and neighbourhoods about the Jesus they had met and learnt from.
The local church through home groups, lent courses, outreach and other activities provides the first place for learning about the faith and encountering God. The Diocese provides a second stage for more in depth learning and specialised ministries. We provide a number of training opportunities that you may like to explore:
The following courses are provided by the Diocese:
- Exploring Christianity -find out more about what Christians believe, more about the bible, mission and the church then Exploring Christianity might be for you.
- Exploring Spirituality – get to know God better and learn different ways of praying and engaging with God.
- Reader training – for a licenced preaching, teaching and leading worship ministry.
- CMS Certificate in Pioneer Mission – for those exploring new ideas on the edges of the church
- Lay Chaplaincy Ministry – for those appointed as school, hospital, prison, town centre, village or other chaplaincy roles.
- Talking Jesus – for those who want to become more confident in talking naturally and honestly about their faith without embarrassment.
The following courses are provided by the Deanery using Diocesan materials, and you should talk to your minister in the first instance:
- Exploring Worship explores the nature of worship and how to construct and lead different types of services.
- Exploring Pastoral Care explores how to listen and care for people and how to visit parishioners and others in the community.
Lay Ministries Office
The Lay Ministries Developer with the Chaplains for Discerning Calling are here to help lay people uncover their calling and ministry. Sometimes, but only sometimes, that will be a calling to do something in the church. However, it will always be a calling to be a disciple in home, work and community. God calls us not just to be clergy or teachers or medics but also to be godly cleaners, executives, shop assistants, or farmers. Where ever you find yourself, God would like to use you to share God’s love with those around you.
The Chaplains for Discerning Calling are here to help you assess your gifts. In the light of those gifts you can explore how God wants you to use them. The Lay Ministries Enabler provides the training for your calling. This might be more in depth knowledge of the faith or training for specific, mainly, church based ministries.