The Church of England believes that:
- Until, together, ordained and lay, we form and equip lay people to follow Jesus confidently in every sphere of life in ways that demonstrate the Gospel we will never set God’s people free to evangelise the nation.
- Until laity and clergy are convinced that they are equal in worth and status, complementary in gifting and vocation, mutually accountable in discipleship, and equal partners in mission, we will never form Christian communities that can evangelise the nation.
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As part of Living God’s Love, the Diocese of St Albans is seeking to equip and release lay people for ministry inside and outside the local church.
Local ministry within the church can take many forms:
- Ministry Teams which may be made up of clergy, Readers, Lay Leaders of Worship (LLWs), youth workers, pastoral visitors, churchwardens and other lay people.
- Teams and Groups with specific tasks such as leading the music, welcoming, running the work with children, arranging the flowers, distributing the parish magazine, and so on.
- Local Ministry Development Teams (LMDTs) are the way in which St Albans Diocese have recognised teams in a more formal way.
The diocese supports local ministry in a number of ways. The chief means of support comes through the Equipping God’s People (EGP) courses. Two modules that might be of particular interest are Team Building and Pastoral Ministry. The Director of Ministry is also available to provide support for individual parishes here.