Last updated 6th September 2017
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.
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'.
There are Diocesan guidelines (2016) regarding those who preach occasionally in our churches but who are not licensed Readers.
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.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
For a course flyer click here.
Anyone interested in developing lay leadership may be interested in a conference entitled 'Bread, Fish and Expectancy: Growing Disciples, Sharing Ministry'. The conference runs from 19th-21st October 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick and is organised by the national Shared Ministry Network.
There is a conference flyer available.