Public Licensed Ministry

In this Diocese both lay and ordained ministry are valued equally and each has some qualities in common while maintaining some important differences.

Types of Ministry:

Authorized Worship Assistant (AWA)

Within your local church context, you will be authorized by the Bishop to assist the Incumbent (parish priest) with the Ministry of the Word and in conducting worship.

Licensed Lay Minister (LLM)

Formerly known as a ‘Reader’, LLMs are recognized as a vital part of local church ministry and are licensed by the Bishop after a period of training to preach, teach and undertake various aspects of pastoral ministry, working alongside an Incumbent (parish priest with overall responsibility). As enablers and encouragers of others they fulfil a leadership role in church and community

Ordained Permanent Deacon

People who are called to work as an ordained minister “with the Bishop and the priests with whom they serve as heralds of Christ’s kingdom. They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God’s purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people. They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely, and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.” (From the Ordination Service for Deacons)

Ordained Self-Supporting Minister (SSM)

Someone set aside by the Church to hold the office of a priest whilst continuing to support themselves either through employment, pensions or private means. They are likely to work alongside an Incumbent (parish priest with overall responsibility) but participate fully in the sacramental ministry of the church.

Ordained Stipendiary Minister (SM)

Someone set aside by the Church to hold the office of a priest and whose focus will very often be to hold overall responsibility for the leadership of a parish or benefice. The Ordination service for Priests says: “Priests are ordained to lead God’s people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel. They share with the Bishop in the oversight of the Church, delighting in its beauty and rejoicing in its well-being. They are to set the example of the Good Shepherd always before them as the pattern of their calling. With the Bishop and their fellow presbyters, they are to sustain the community of the faithful by the ministry of word and sacrament, that we all may grow into the fullness of Christ and be a living sacrifice acceptable to God.”