Licensed 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)

WHAT IS A LICENSED LAY MINISTER?

A Licensed Lay Minister (LLM) is a distinctive role with the Diocese of Rochester. It is someone who has been called to serve the Church, but not to be ordained.

So they are:

  • Licensed -  Someone excercising ministry with the Church under the authority of the bishop.
  • Lay - an ordinary Christian with gifts of leadership
  • Minister - theologically educated and with a developing calling from God.

 

WHAT DOES A LICENSED LAY MINISTER DO?

An LLM might take responsibility for a major area within the worshipping life of a church, such as youth work or music.

They may become the focal minister for a congregation under the oversight of a cluster or benefice priest.  

You might head up a church supported community project, or be the main church or deanery link with local schools and pre-schools, clubs or community groups.

Or you might specialise in funeral ministry. Watch Lisa's story

  • Download our leaflet all about Licensed Lay Ministry here

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A LICENSED LAY MINISTER?

Rochester Diocese is recognised nationally as a leader in lay vocation, particularly for our creative approach to the scope and training of Licensed Lay Ministers, which is unique to our Diocese.

In 2015 we licensed our first cohort of people who have trained for a more broad-based category of ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM), and there are currently about 50 of these with more in training.

Meet Funni, a Licensed Lay Minister in Christ Church, Erith. Here she shares her experience of being a Licensed Lay Minister.

Each year we introduce the new LLMs to the Diocese via social media. Why not catch up with what other LLMS have said about their ministry? Click here

 

THIS MIGHT BE FOR ME. WHAT NEXT?

The first stage for anyone thinking about Licensed Lay Ministry is to attend an 'It’s Your Calling' day. For details of the training and how selection works, please contact Rev Jane Winter, Facilitator for Formation, Learning and Discipleship.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All Lay Ministers (Licensed, Authorised, Commissioned or With Permission)  must have DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance and are expected to understake regular safeguarding training

 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about Licensed Lay Ministry, please feel free to get in touch with one of the people below:

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.

The Deputy Wardens’ role is to provide a more local presence in each Archdeaconry, but please be aware that the primary pastoral care of lay ministers should come from the parish.

 

 

BROMLEY & BEXLEY ARCHDEACONRY:  
 

Mrs Miriam Giles
miriamgiles35@outlook.com or 020 8303 5868
Mark Newman
marknewman1955@gmail.com

ROCHESTER ARCHDEACONRY:  
  Mrs Val Butler
val.a.butler@googlemail.com
Mr Vic Twine
victortwine@blueyonder.co.uk 
  
TONBRIDGE ARCHDEACONRY:  
 

Mrs Hilary Sutton
Email: hilary.sutton1@btopenworld.com

 

Mr Allan Jonnes
allan.jonnes@btinternet.com

Newsletter

Lay Ministry Newsletter - Easter 2019


Lay Ministry Publications and Documents

Resourcing Sunday to Saturday Faith

Bishop Simon’s main talk at the Lay Ministry Conference, 20th October 2018

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 (Oct 2014)

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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