Lay Ministry Courses

The diocese encourages and equips local churches to provide ministerial opportunities for lay people locally. This nurtures individuals, grows ministries and in the process enables parishes and benefices join in discernment and recognise a plan for mission and who might resource this.


Pastoral Assistants

Receive formal training before being commissioned to undertake pastoral care. The nature of this ministry is shaped by the local context and the gifts of the individual, it might include visiting, preparation for baptism and weddings, working with families.

Pastoral Assistants are able to relate with sensitivity to people, they are aware of the practical limitations of their role and skills, and can work with others involved in parish ministry.  For more information click here.

Worship Leaders

Receive formal training before gaining permission to lead Services of the Word and all-age worship, usually where they worship on a regular basis. They become part of the ministry team, are enablers of ministry and can offer a Sunday service where otherwise there may not be one. Whilst they are not permitted to preach they are able to offer an alternative. Unlike Readers, they do not take funerals or take services of Public Worship with Communion by Extension.


Leading Intercessions

We have produced a downloadable guide which gives both theological background and practical advice for those leading intercessions in regular Sunday worship of various kinds. It is helpful for those beginning to lead intercessions for the first time and is a good refresher for those who have been leading intercessions for many years. It includes many tips including prayers at a service with children present and for different seasons of the church year.

It is ideal for parishes, benefices or deaneries to do together, although it could also be used by individuals. There is an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, ideal for group learning.


Growing a Healing Ministry

The ministry of healing and reconciliation is exercised in a wide variety of ways across the Diocese. Christians learn about the healing ministry and to apply what they learn in and through their local church.  To know more about this ministry in the diocese click here.

For details of the training course click here.


Learning Networks

We are involved with many different networks of people and engaged with communities at all levels. For full details click here.


Pastoral Care Training (delivered by the Accord team)

The diocesan Accord scheme provides training and encouragement in the skills needed to share the pastoral care work of a parish or benefice. The focus of courses is practical rather than theological, building on the gifts and skills people already have. Training is delivered locally by two trainers. Sessions are usually two hours with some courses requiring more than one session.

Courses are suitable for churches with established pastoral care teams looking to develop their skills further and for churches just getting going with a pastoral team.

Training is delivered locally on dates to suit those attending. Most courses can be offered either as three sessions of two hours, or as a one day course. Most courses are £5 per person (up to a maximum of £60).

Accord offers courses in:


Marriage Preparation

We also offer a one-day Marriage Preparation course led by Accord trainers. The course is delivered locally ideally with support from your parish team. The trainers are very glad to involve and include potential trainers from the parish who may well feel confident to run the course independently on subsequent occasions. For more information please contact Victoria Braddock, the Accord Co-ordinator on 01452 835546 or email

Topics covered include:
• How well you know each other
• The importance of family to you when you were growing up
• Coping with stress
• Anxieties and being honest about them
• Arguments and how best to resolve them
• The importance of compliments
• Coping with a smaller budget
• What’s important to you when bringing up children

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