Developing lay ministries

Serving Together is about recognising parity between ordained and lay ministries, acknowledging and building on the fact that we are all part of the Body of Christ.

Doing so requires us to look again at the way we train, license, resource and support lay ministers and ministries.
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The principle areas on which we’re consulting with dioceses are detailed below

We need to stimulate theological reflection, thinking, and writing on lay ministries in their own terms and context. What are the theological questions which need answering to switch emphasis from identity to tasks? How can we better understand the theology of the whole people of God?

Lay vocations
How do we open wider access into lay ministries? How do we present lay ministry as attractive, especially to those currently underrepresented?

Supporting dioceses
What makes a diocese excel in its lay ministry? How can we help other dioceses achieve such excellence?

Emerging lay ministries
How can emerging lay ministries be encouraged and included in diocesan plans for mission and ministry? Where do we see the future of lay ministries?

What are the strategic requirements of the dioceses and for the Church as a whole for lay ministries? What do we need to do to fulfil them?

Authorisation and support
What is the best framework for authorising, licensing and recognising lay ministers? How can we improve the terms and conditions of those who are paid? How should volunteers be better supported?

How can we improve learning for lay ministries, making it fit for purpose and properly resourced?

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

Romans 12:4-5