Licensed Lay Ministers 2017

On Saturday 20 May Bishop James licensed our third cohort of 14 Licensed Lay Ministers. Their ministries vary widely – including working with elderly people in Anna Chaplaincies, community chaplaincy, preaching and teaching, hospital chaplaincy, debt advice, pastoral mission, working with refugees and other marginalised people, working with children and families, spirituality, healing and wholeness, and bereavement and funeral ministry.

A Licensed Lay Minister in the Diocese of Rochester is a lay person who has been licensed by the Bishop to undertake ministry in and on behalf of the church. The types of role, responsibility and duty of a LLM will vary according to the gifts and abilities of the individual, the needs of their parish or ministry setting, and the context of their life. Training for LLM includes developing capacity in Christian leadership and gaining knowledge and skills in different expressions of ministry, as preparation for the candidate’s particular situation.

During the service Allan Jonnes was commissioned to be Deputy Warden of Lay Ministry for Tonbridge Archdeaconry. Alison Callway, who has now retired from her role as Lay Training Adviser, was thanked for her part in LLM’s training and formation, but more than that for all that she has contributed to the shape of LLM training in Rochester Diocese.

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