Lay Ministry

All Christians are called to serve God by living out their faith in the places where they spend their time. 

Some people are called to be authorised lay ministers, and in Rochester Diocese we have a range of these:

Anyone who is wanting to explore whether God might be calling them to new ways of serving him should begin by talking to their vicar.

You should then book on to attend an It’s Your Calling day. The next step is an opportunity to meet with a Vocations Adviser.

Our Licensed Lay Ministry training begins with The Bishop’s Certificate course. (The following year brings an opportunity for selection for Licensed Lay Ministry or Licensed Funeral Ministry.)

Not everyone trains for licensed ministry – some will feel called to be commissioned Anna Chaplains or Anna Friends, who have a special focus on those who have dementia and other end of life issues.

Others may want to serve God in community engagement and social action.

Everyone has a vocation. What's yours?

Our downloadable leaflets aim to help you explore the different paths available to help you live out your vocation.

Is God Calling You
Lay Ministry
Ordained Ministry

Contact us

If you would like to talk through any of the discipleship and ministry development options available, please contact:

You can also contact the Warden of Lay Ministry, Karen Senior, who works from the Diocesan office 3 days a week.

Karen has 2 Deputy wardens in each Archdeaconry and they are:

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.




Miriam Giles or 020 8303 5868
Mark Newman

  Val Butler
Vic Twine    

Hilary Sutton


Allan Jonnes

Lay Ministry Publications and Documents

Easter 2021 mailing

February 2021 mailing

November 2020 mailing

October 2020 mailing

July 2020 mailing

May 2020 mailing

April 2020 mailing

March 2020 mailing

Bishop Simon’s main talk at the Lay Ministry Conference 2019

Ruth Haldane's conference presentation

Resourcing Sunday to Saturday Faith

Safeguarding and Authorised Lay Ministry in Rochester Diocese

Beginning a Parish Vacancy

Lay CMD Personal Grant Information 2019

Lay CMD grant application form 2019

Generic Lay Ministry Working Agreement Template (2021)

Simple guide to claiming expenses for Lay Ministers

PTM information paper August 2018

Information about Readers and LLMs with PTO May 2017

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