Lay Training Courses

Across the Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop skills to serve God and his people. These range from one-off events to longer courses.

In addition to courses offered at parish-level, a variety of training opportunities are organised in Episcopal Areas and diocesan-wide. The Diocesan School of Ministry provides training for ‘licensed’ or ‘authorised’ ministries, such as Reader Ministry, through training hubs around the diocese. 

To register your interest in undertaking a course, please download and fill in our Lay Ministry Enquiry Form.

More details of all our current courses can be found on the Learning Platform

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Courses 2019

Introduction to Theology Course

A 12 session course being led in 4 different locations: Mirfield and Bingley (September – December 2019), Leeds (January – April 2020), and Ripon (April – July 2019). 
Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? Need some guidance on how to dig a bit deeper? This introductory course may well be for you. Topics covered include: Understanding the Bible, study skills, your own faith journey and exploring prayer and worship. Whether you are just dipping your toe in the water or considering further training… why not join us?
Please click here for more information and to book your place.  
If you need any more information please contact: Jared Harries on 0113 353 0232 or jared.harries [at] leeds.anglican.org

 

Lay Pastoral Ministry courses 

The Diocese of Leeds provides a program of Pastoral Ministry training across three levels: Pastoral Visitors (LPV), Pastoral Assistants (LPA) and Lay Pastoral Ministers (LPM). Each role is outlined in the document below along with a training overview and the levels of responsibility possible. 
Depending upon previous Diocesan training and experience, individuals may enter training at different levels. Those with little training or experience would begin at the Pastoral Visitor level. Have a chat with your incumbent and the Lay Training Team to help you figure out which is best for you.
For more information please click here or visit the DLP courses page here.
If you need any further information please contact Carol Stenner at: carol.stenner [at] leeds.anglican.org

 

Lay Worship Leader course 

Lay Worship Leaders (LWLs) lead services in parishes and benefices, within a diocesan framework which includes authorisation, initial training, commissioning, further training and supervision. Potential LWLs are identified through shared discernment with their incumbent and PCC. This discernment takes place prior to enrolment on an LWL course, initiated by the incumbent or the potential LWL. LWLs are trained and authorised to lead acts of corporate worship as part of a wider team, including team-led services. Their ministry will vary according to context, gifts and experience.
LWL training is spread across three terms, usually split into eight weeks before Christmas, eight weeks after Christmas and six to eight weeks in the summer term.
For more information please click here or visit the DLP course page 
If you need any further information please contact Carol Stenner at: carol.stenner [at] leeds.anglican.org

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