Lay Ministry

The Church believes all baptised Christians are called to be partners in the ministry of the Church.  Most of the baptised do this as ‘lay people’.  (This is actually a ‘redundant’ title, as the word lay comes from the Greek laos which simply means people.  Another important phrase in Church history is laos Theou which means people of God.  These two words were an early name for the Church.)  In their daily lives, and work in the world, the baptised have a unique ministry in the place where God has called them to be to bear witness in their lives, actions and words to reconciling love of God revealed most clearly in Jesus Christ.

Some people also feel called to take part in the liturgical and pastoral ministry of the Church in a way that more directly assists the ministry of those ordained.  In the Diocese of Perth (and elsewhere), these people are called Lay Pastoral Ministers (LPM) or Liturgical Assistants (LA).  LPMs are licensed for their work by the Archbishop of Perth.  This reflects Anglican understanding that in every diocese all ministry is firstly the ministry of Christ to his people, and becomes the ministry of the bishop as a sign of the unity of all God’s people in that place.

Other people are called to exercise ministry by representing the people of their parish on parish councils or on the Diocesan Synod.  Such people use their gifts and insights for the good ordering, alongside the Archbishop and clergy, of both the parish and the Diocese.  Some members of parish councils or Synod are also LPMs or LAs; but they need not be and they are different roles.

To maintain their licence, LPMs are required to attend annual training days.  Wollaston offers training days for LPMs and LAs.  In addition, Wollaston also offers training for Wardens and Treasurers to assist in their ministry of ordering parish business, including finances.  There are also occasional preparations for Synod.  You will find all details here.