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Last updated 5th December 2019

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 next course will run at St John the Evangelist in Little Thornton over eight evenings, 7.15pm-9.15pm, between 13th January and 9th March. More details and the booking form are available here.

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

Pastoral care

We have produced 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. 

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.

Here are details of courses being run in the near future: click here

If you would like this course to be run in your area, please contact Mandy Stanton,, 

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.

Contact Mandy Stanton,, for more information.

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.

Please contact Mandy Stanton if you are interested -

Church Administrators

A new training course hosted by Louise Hunter (Bishop Philip's PA) and Mandy Stanton for those who help with church administration, whether on a full time or part time basis, paid or voluntary. The pilot course will run on Monday afternoons from 28th October to 25th November from 2 till 4 pm at the Diocesan offices, Clayton House, BB1 2QE. 

For an application form please click 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.