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Local Lay Pastor Scheme

Local Lay Pastors are people engaged in lay ministry authorised by a local church or circuit and acting in a specific role in a local congregation. They are volunteers who willingly give their time and in return have an opportunity to explore their vocation. They may also want to offer their gifts to a local church as they may have worked in that area previously. They are commissioned to engage in this ministry on behalf of, and in collaboration with, local church members, for specified periods of time. An individual's ministry will vary according to their gifts and skills, and the local situation.

Shape of the Scheme

This scheme is developed by the District and the oversight lies with them. The scheme would be focused on three areas of opportunity:

  • Places where potential for growth is most likely with focused attention. This may particularly involve a focus on smaller church communities.
  • The resourcing of lay people to serve or lead the church. An opportunity to explore vocation alongside existing leaders and learn about leadership and develop future leaders.
  • Churches which are seeking a short-term input (initially 3 years) as they discern the nature of their future ministry and mission.

Information for prospective local lay pastors Information for prospective host churches

For more information and application forms please email Helle Sewell.



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