The course is designed to fit around busy lives and runs from September to July involving one Sunday a month and two Saturdays a year.
This course prepares lay ministers for licensed service in the church as a Reader.
What is Lay Ministry?
The active involvement and leadership of lay people is critical to the Church which needs a rich diversity of ministers in order to serve the mission and ministry of the church and God calls those from all backgrounds and educational ability. Those involved in lay ministry are leaders and enablers in their local church communities, who have recognised God’s grace and call in their lives and their gifts have been affirmed by their local church.
Commitment and requirements
Training to become a Licensed Lay Minister can take between two and four years and then an opportunity to study further for at least one more year. This varies according to gifting and calling. It is part-time but can lead to an accredited award in Higher Education. The course runs September to July.
There are no academic pre-requisites but you must have completed the Foundations year and be referred by your church leader.
Course outline and qualification
Readers who study for three years will normally work towards a Certificate in Higher Education in Christian Ministry and Mission (180 credits).
Year 1 – see Foundations course outline
Autumn - Foundations for Ministry & Mission in Context
Spring - Introduction to Preaching
Summer - Christian Discipleship
Autumn - Christian Worship: Principles and Practice, Introduction to Christian Ethics
Spring - New Testament text study in context, Old Testament text study in context
Summer - Education for Learning Church, Developing Preaching
Post authorisation studies for readers
This 1-year course will lead to a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission (DipHE) part of the Common Awards Programme validated by the University of Durham.
Autumn - Integrative Learning for Collaborative Practice, Selected Topic in Christian Doctrine
Spring - Community Formation and Discipleship
Summer - Christian Discipleship and Ministry in a multi-faith context, Developing Theological Reflection
First Sunday September
Final Sunday July
The course costs are £300 per year.
The Diocese of Sheffield offers a ‘What next?’ open morning. This offers a chance to ask questions and see which paths are available to you, along with guidance on what you may be suited to. See the Events section of this site.
The first stage is to fill in an application form which needs references of support from your PCC and Incumbent. These are available from the Diocesan Office.
Meet with the training team to discuss the next step including enrolment on to the Foundations for Ministry course. For those selected there will be three induction sessions before the course formally starts in September.
To attend a ‘What Next?’ Open morning, or to obtain an application form for the Foundations for Ministry course contact:
Trish Stafford, Training Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org 01709 309147
Most sessions will take place at Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ
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