Welcome to Lay Development
The Diocese of Norwich is committed to the empowering and equipping of the whole people of God for informed and imaginative Christian discipleship. It wants to support the parishes in their task of deepening the faith of all God's people and of releasing their gifts for service of many kinds.
"The laity are not the helpers of the clergy so that the clergy can do their job,
but the clergy are the helpers of the whole people of God, so that the laity can be the church"
Who do we mean by the terms 'lay' and 'laity'?
By laity we mean everyone who isn't ordained or a professed religious (monk or nun); literally 'the people' (laikos, of the people, from laos, the people at large). The term is not biblical, and when first used by Clement of Rome had negative connotations (those who were not ordained), but from the 3rd century is used more positively of Christian disciples, including a variety of insituted lay ministers (widows, catechists [recruiters, teachers and theologians], lectors, and confessors [martyrs]). (1)
Within this diocese, two groups of lay Christians - Children/Young People and Licensed Readers - are served by their own learning and support systems.
What do we mean by 'development'?
We mean the life-long process of growing and maturing in Christian faith and service.
The word disciple comes from the Latin verb ‘to learn', suggesting that those who are disciples of Christ are, by definition, ‘learners'.... The work of Lay Development in this diocese exists to endorse, to encourage and to enable the culture of a continually learning church.
This learning might lead to skills needed for particular tasks such as caring for a particular group within the community or playing a part in worship, but learning is also embraced and celebrated for learning's own sake and seen as a vital element of Christian discipleship.
Co-ordination with other learning providers
As well as setting up new initiatives to help lay people keep learning and growing in the faith, the work of the Lay Development Officer entails co-ordinating the learning offered by other providers across the region and disseminating information about what is on offer.
Online Learning Course: Understanding Christian Worship
Mon 24 Apr 2017
This online course of study and reflection on Christian Worship considers the nature and purpose of worship, its relationship to church and to mission.
Online Learning: Face to Face Introduction to this term's Online Course
Wed 26 Apr 2017
This face to face meeting provides an introduction to the courses running this term. It provides an opportunity to meet the tutors and learn about using online learning.
Good News for God's Earth
Sat 6 May 2017
A day of presentations, conversations, activities and worship, with guests leading workshops, helping us to consider our Christian concern for the environment.
Brain Health, Mental Health and Spiritual Health
Fri 12 May 2017
Brain Health, Mental Health and Spiritual Health A Study Day for Clergy, Readers and Lay Ministers
Starting a Fresh Expression of Church
Sat 13 May 2017
A day to look at how to start a fresh expression of church - with stories workshops and wisdom from practitioners around the diocese.
East Anglia Ministries Fair 2017
Sat 13 May 2017
A day to be inspired for how you can serve God in your church and in the wider community, with workshops and exhibitors representing church ministries, community projects and mission organisations.
Supervising Lay Ministers (Clergy/Reader CMD)
Wed 17 May 2017
Training day for licensed ministers on procedures for selecting, appointing, supervising and reviewing Lay Ministers (e.g. AWAs). This may be of particular interest to those who are new to supervising, such as new incumbents, or curates who are about to start their first incumbency.
Dying to Live: Making & Growing Disciples in the Countryside
Mon 22 May 2017 - Wed 24 May 2017
Passionate about following Christ in the countryside? Long for others to find faith? Have planted or hoping to plant a fresh expression Church in a rural area?
Sat 10 Jun 2017
A day to discover what God is calling you to be and do as a faith-filled follower.