Hearing Our Voices

Hearing Our VoicesAs the draft national guidelines for lay pastoral ministry take shape, we are very conscious of ensuring they reflect the current context of our pastoral settings.

What are learnings, the reflections and insights you wish to offer? We visualise the final resource containing quotes from lay pastoral ministers along with clergy co-workers and those they encounter in their mission.

Some of the following questions may guide you in offering a response. You can send these responses to the contact listed in this newsletter:

  • What motivated you to work in lay pastoral ministry?
  • How do you understand your role in relationship with your baptismal calling, and your response to God’s action in your life?
  • What training and formation have you received for the role?
  • What support and fellowship have you experienced?
  • What is one of the most challenging aspects of your role?
  • Share one of your greatest joys in your role.
  • Share one of your best experiences of collaboration between lay and ordained in ministry.
  • What is a particular learning or insight you wish to share with others in this ministry?
  • What other comments do you wish to share about lay pastoral ministry at this time?

Please encourage a colleague, such as a member of clergy, or another co-worker or associate you encounter through your work to respond to the following questions:

  • What difference has the lay pastoral minister (or lay pastoral ministry in general) made to:
    • your role
    • your journey of faith?
  • What is a particular learning or insight you wish to share with others in this ministry?
  • What other comments do you wish to share about lay pastoral ministry at this time?

We encourage you to keep your responses not too long, remembering that they may find their way either into the resource, or online.

Currently, a summary of the draft resource is being prepared for circulation to our dioceses and networks for feedback. We also welcome any best practices you are aware of such as policies, procedures and role descriptions. 


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