Lay Ministry

Lay leadership is important and the research shows that good quality lay leadership is linked to growth.
“From anecdote to evidence” www.churchgrowthresearch.org.uk

Unlike many dioceses, Rochester has for many years had three forms of licensed or authorised ministry: Readers, Pastoral Assistants and Evangelists.  Other dioceses often have similar sounding ministries to Pastoral Assistants and Evangelists, but in few places other than Rochester do those people undergo initial training which is so nearly equivalent in length and quality to that undertaken by Readers, yet while Readers are ‘Licensed’ their fellow ministers who are PAs and Evangelists were ‘Authorised’ or ‘Commissioned’.  

It is also noticeable that a number of individuals exercise ministries which in practice cross between our ministerial categories.  

We are currently in a stage of transition - moving towards a more broad-based category of ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM)

This will encompass an even wider range of expressions of lay ministry than we have at present.  Thus, alongside those who are Readers, PAs or Evangelists, we may have those whose primary calling is, for example, to community engagement, youth ministry, work in schools or some form of chaplaincy.

“Growth is a product of good leadership (lay and ordained) working with a willing set of churchgoers in a favourable environment.”
“From anecdote to evidence”

ALL LAY MINISTERS (LICENSED, AUTHORISED, COMMISSIONED OR WITH PERMISSION) MUST HAVE DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)  CLEARANCE, AND ARE EXPECTED TO UNDERTAKE REGULAR SAFEGUARDING TRAINING.

Karen Senior, Warden of Lay Ministry works from the Diocesan Office 3 days a week to contribute to the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Rochester and to strengthen the contribution of Lay Ministry as a particular expression of the shared ministry of all the baptised. 


The Warden works with Archdeaconry Deputy Wardens, to co-ordinate and ensure that appropriate pastoral support is available to Lay Ministers and their Incumbents, and to promote collaborative ministry in parishes and deaneries. Ministry Development Reviews for Lay Ministers are currently being re-structured.

BROMLEY & BEXLEY ARCHDEACONRY:  
  Mrs Miriam Giles
miriamgiles35@outlook.com or 020 8303 5868
Mr Brian Rowley
brianrowleybr6@hotmail.co.uk
ROCHESTER ARCHDEACONRY:  
  Mrs Chris Hookins
chris.hookins@tiscali.co.uk
Mr Vic Twine
victortwine@blueyonder.co.uk    
TONBRIDGE ARCHDEACONRY:  
 

Miss Jackie Bennett
Jackiebennett2006@btinternet.com

Mr Allan Jonnes
allan.jonnes@btinternet.com

 

Lay Ministry Publications and Documents

Lay Ministry Newsletter - January 2017

Beginning a Parish Vacancy

Lay CMD Personal Grant Information 2016

Lay CMD grant application form

Generic Lay Ministry Working Agreement Template (Oct 2014)

Simple guide to claiming expenses for Lay Ministers

Simple gulde - parish sample expenses form




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