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Last updated 16th October 2018

Informal lay ministry

We offer practical training to equip lay people to be active disciples in their local churches and communities through informal lay ministry.

The training opportunities that we currently offer are summarised below. Please contact Mandy.Stanton@Blackburn.Anglican.Org  01254 503084 for more information; especially if you have several people interested in a particular course and would like us to run it in your area.

Occasional Preacher 

We aim to equip those who already preach occasionally, and those who may be asked to do so, to do so in ways that honour God and God's Word and help to build up the Body of Christ in their contexts. The course is very practical and 'hands-on' and, if the participant's incumbent and PCC support them, entitles those taking part to be 'Occasional Preachers'.

The course will be running again in Spring 2019 at Christ Church, Fulwood. for the flyer click here and for a booking form click here. 

There are Diocesan guidelines (2017)  regarding those who preach occasionally in our churches but who are not licensed Readers. 

Pastoral care

We are currently working on producing some new material to equip those who carry out pastoral visiting on behalf of the church, or may begin to do so, but who are not commissioned Pastoral Assistants. This will replace the Resourcing Pastoral Carers Course we have been running.

The course will enable participants to develop their understanding of pastoral care from a Christian perspective, learn more about how to listen, and to become more effective in relating to and caring for the people and communities around them.

The pilot will be running in September 2018 and we will then be running the course in Thornton-le-Fylde and Accrington in the autumn, an application form can be downloaded here. Please contact Mandy Stanton,, or Rosie Strachan,, for further information.


Leading worship

For anyone who would like to learn how to design and lead a Sunday service in a parish church, or is already doing so and would like to learn more about it. 

To participate you will need the support of your incumbent and PCC, because to get the most out of this course you should have some opportunities to put what you learn into practice. We suggest that you discuss your involvement in worship with your vicar before applying for the course.

We will be running this course over five Monday evenings in October and November at Shireshead in Lancaster. A course flyer is available here and a booking form can be downloaded here.

Leading small groups

A new training day to equip lay people to lead a Bible study or a discussion group. We will be running this day five times across the diocese. Each day will run from 9am (coffee and registration) with a 9:30am start and will finish by 4pm. Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

A booking form can be downloaded here.

The training days are planned for: 

  • Saturday 29th September 2018 at St Christopher’s Haweside, Blackpool 
  • Thursday 8th November 2018 at St Ambrose, Leyland 
  • Saturday 24th November 2018 at Little Marsden, Nelson 
  • Thursday 17th January 2019 at Shireshead, Lancaster 
  • Saturday 9th February 2019 at St James', Clitheroe 


SHAPE'd For God's Purpose

This informal 6 session course allows lay people to work together to help each other to explore their unique God-given “SHAPE,” and how they can use this in his service.

The course has been structured so that it can be taught at a local level by local leaders (rather than one of the Diocesan team). For further details please contact Mandy Stanton -

For a course flyer click here.