Hopes & Dreams - (as visualised in 2005)
- That lay preachers be taken seriously by the Church and given suitable representation where matters relating to lay ministry are being decided.
- That Conference provide places for two official (costs paid) lay preacher representatives.
- That accurate records are kept of all certificated Methodist and Uniting Church lay preachers.
- That certificated Methodist Lay Preachers are listed in the Church Year Book.
- That Synods and Parishes keep their LP lists up to date, provide on-going training, and apply for Long Service Certificates (from the NZLPA) when due (normally at 25, 40 and 50 years of service).
- That Districts encourage ecumenical lay preachers associations.
- That presbyters take more responsibility for the professional development of lay preachers in their parishes; ie see are used fairly, have suitable resources, and receive continuing support.
- That Trinity College ensures provision of suitable Lay Preacher training courses.
- That mature persons in 'good standing' who have been leading worship in CVs for 5 or more years, who fulfil the 'active' LP practical requirements, may apply for a Worship Leaders Certificate without undergoing a course of study and assignments.
- That persons interested in leading worship may develop the necessary skills through a home based programme that enables them to qualify for a Worship Leaders Certificate.
- That un-certificated persons regularly leading services seek accreditation. (If over 40 years of age and in 'good standing' a course of study is not obligatory. Practical requirements are the same for all.)
- That all active lay preachers commit to a minimum of eight hours of on-going training a year (or eight hours theological reading of material published after 1990), take a minimum of three services, thus qualifying as currently Upskilled.
- That all certificated lay preachers register with the Network.
- That parish presbyters supply the Network with current information as to the status of their LPs.
- That all Accredited, Active and Upskilled lay preachers may claim an annual book allowance of up to $100. That a continuing National Fund be established for this purpose.
- That all lay preachers who travel beyond their home church be paid a travel allowance by either the local parish or the synod.
2007 - Much of the above has been achieved or partially achieved – additions:
- That consideration be given to lay and clergy doing on-going training together.
- That where District Lay Preacher Associations are having difficulty in functioning energy be put into working alongside clergy as a sharing partnership, rather than as a separate body.
- That Presbyters to ensure all their certificated Lay Preachers are registered with the Network and annual returns are made to the Network each December. For inclusion on official lists, date of certification must be supplied.
- There is a problem where certificates have been gained overseas and left in country of origin, also keeping contact with non-English speaking lay preachers is not feasible.
- That Sinoti Samoa, Wasewase ko Viti, Vahefonua Tonga form parallel lay preachers Networks to take responsibility for compiling and maintaining their own lay preacher records and methods of accountability.
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