Pastoral worker

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As a Pastoral Workers you are involved in caring for others and developing the spiritual life of the church. You will often be involved in pastoral care and visiting those in the parish, perhaps helping to develop small groups and sharing in the development of pastoral care and outreach ministry to the wiser community.

Pastoral Workers are able to listen attentively and compassionately to others within r=the church as well as the wider community and share theologically their own faith journey in ways that others can understand .

The Diocese of Sheffield provides its own programme of initial training through the School of Ministry.

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Step 1

If you are considering becoming a Pastoral Worker, the first thing to do is to have a discussion with your incumbent.  The incumbent  and the PCC (Parochial Church Council) may then recommend you to take this further.  The Diocese of Sheffield provide an information session called the ‘What Next’ open morning where you can find out more and discover if you feel you are making the right decision.

Step 2

You would then go on to apply for the Foundations 1 year course.   You are required to complete an application form and 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. 

This course gives you an opportunity to continue to test your calling.  Foundations is a one year part-time course and is a prerequisite to further licensed lay ministry training, some even going on to ordination. The course is designed to fit around busy lives and runs from September to July involving one Sunday a month and three Saturdays a year.

Step 3

After the Foundations year is complete you would then need to apply for the School of Ministry which would be a similar format to the Foundations year for a further one year's training.


Taking this further...

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For more details about this process contact:

Trish Stafford, Training Administrator

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Sarah talks about her training to become a pastoral worker.

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