Called to Preach
The Lay Preachers’ College began in 2012 as a way to support and equip people in lay ministries through education and community. Members of the church whose gifts for preaching and leading worship have been recognized are trained and then authorized to lead services of worship.
“I believe that some people are preachers, but not priests, and the church benefits from hearing them,” said the Rev. Percy Grant, Canon for Ministry, who created the program.
The 2-day workshop provides hands-on training to teach individuals how to proclaim the Word of God in ways that will inspire people to follow Christ, bring them into relationship with God, and/or strengthen their relationship with God.
"Everyone wants to do a good job. But we can only learn so much by reading books and online resources. The Lay Preachers' College gives us the opportunity to try it - to engage in preaching within a community of peers, and then to reflect together on that experience. This action/reflection process helps to make sense of the endless commentaries and texts and tailors the learning to where we most need work. The feedback offered is constructive and supportive and brings out the best in each person,” said Kate Gillooly, licensed lay preacher.
Nearly 40 people attended in the Fall of 2015 – making it the largest session yet. Due to the high level of participation, The Lay Preachers’ College will now be held twice a year. The next workshop is April 8-9 at Christ Church, Warren.
If you feel that you may have a gift for preaching and leading worship and want to explore this further, you are encouraged to speak with your rector and then attend this workshop. For more information, contact Betty Kondrich.