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Friday, 2 December 2016

Resources with possible #rural applications - #CofE Lay Ministry Report - Summary of current status

Summarised from an update by Esther Elliott (Lay Ministries Working Group Project Consultant) in this Friday's email from the CofE's Ministry Division.

A final report “Serving Together” was warmly received by the Ministry Council on November 10th 2016.  This report followed consultation & reflection ​by ​the Lay Ministries Working Group (LMWG) undertaken in the light of the Resourcing the Future and Resourcing Ministerial Education diocesan consultations.

The Ministry Council have now (November 2016) considered the report & have communicated the main points with ​Archbishops Council & the House of Bishops.
The Council asked for more work to be done on the recommendations before the report would be approved for consideration by the Archbishops’ Council ​& House of Bishops. The Ministry Council will discuss the report again at its February 2017 meeting with a focus on the recommendations.

Mega Summary of report's recommendations 

To realise growth in the quality & quantity of lay ministry the Cof E needs to:

1) reflect on the theology & practice of lay ministry & thru practice embed the idea that all 
ministry is best understood ​& practiced as a collegiate ​& corporate endeavour​;

2) shift it's discourse about lay ministry from role / identity / licensing / authorisation / categorisation to improving the quantity & value of lay ministers service in response to particular missional needs​;

3) whilst embracing Diocese's diverse approaches establish some commonality ​of shared principles & practices in the use of licensing / authorisation & support for lay ministers;

​4) help it's community of practice purposefully spend more time sharing it's knowledge, expertise & ideas about lay ministry. 

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