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Last updated 15th March 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 2018, for the flyer click here and for a booking form click here. Please note that the course in Clitheroe has been cancelled and will be rearranged for next year, the course at Appley Bridge is going ahead.

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

Pastoral care

This is a practical course, using materials produced by Pastoral Care UK, aimed primarily at those who carry out pastoral visiting on behalf of the church, or may begin to do so, but who are not commissioned Pastoral Assistants.

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

This course will run in the summer term in Pilling and in the autumn term in Thornton-le-Fylde, for more information please view the flyer. For an application form click here.


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.

The course will be running between January and February 2018 at St James' Church Blackburn. A course flyer is available here and a booking form is available here.


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.