"The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11
A Lay Minister is someone the Church has discerned as having a calling and a gift for particular activity within a community. The word 'lay' derives from an old French word (lai) meaning secular, which in our context simply means 'not clergy'. Therefore, anyone who belongs to the church and is not ordained is considered a lay person.
To explore whether lay ministry is for you the best place to start is your vicar. If you and your community discern a calling to lay ministry you will need to enrol in the LiFT programme. This new course is designed to equip you to be an effective and confident lay minister. Once you have completed the course there will be ongoing annual training and other development opportunities.