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The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Papanui
Christchurch 8053

Postal address
:

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

P. (03) 366 6049   I   0800 266 639

Please phone our main line (as above) and at the prompt either dial '0' to speak to Reception or enter an extension number. For a list of extensions please CLICK HERE

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Welcome to the Methodist Lay Preachers Network

The Network connects and supports all those involved
in the ministry of Lay Preaching
and worship leading in Methodist and Co-operating Parishes


Click on the headings below for more information regarding the LP Network:

General Information

Policies

A Brief History of the Lay Preachers Network

The Continuing Story

Hopes & Dreams

The Network Nucleus - Contact Information

Accredited Lay Preachers Register

Pacific Lay Preachers

Lay Preacher's Network Note Communications

Annual Update Form for Lay Preachers

Annual Lay Preachers Parish Return Form

Registration Form

How to become an Accredited Lay Preacher

  • The matter is discussed between prospective Lay Preacher and Presbyter.
  • The person is approved by the Parish as a Lay Preacher in Training. The Synod is notified.
  • The Lay Preacher in Training begins to assist with services and is supported into leading services.
  • Trinity College assesses any previous training and sets the course of academic study.
  • After taking the leading role in at least 10 services, the Lay Preacher in Training leads a service that is evaluated by an evaluation team of presbyter, lay preacher and member of the congregation. This is arranged by the Synod. After the service, the Evaluation Team may interview the Lay Preacher in Training and ask faith-related questions.

Completing the Process:

  • The Evaluation Team presents their report to the Presbyter who takes it to the Leaders or Parish meeting.
  • If all is satisfactory the Lay Preacher in Training is declared 'accredited' by the Synod.
  • The Parish applies to the New Zealand Lay Preachers Association for a certificate (cost $25), using the official registration form.
  • The Certificate is presented in the home church.
  • The Lay Preachers Network is informed and the new Lay Preacher fills in a registration form.
  • The Lay Preacher's name is brought to Conference and included in the Year Book.
'Mature and Experienced':

The Church permits 'mature and experienced' accreditation if:
1) is a member 'of good standing' in the parish
2) has suitable theological understanding
3) has been leading services for more than five years
4) has taken more than 10 services
5) has led a successful evaluation service

Further Information:
Church website – Administration/leaflet 153

Church Law Book - Section 1 10.10
The Lay Preachers Network contact Viv Whimster


 

Please contact Viv Whimster for Lay Preacher matters.