Another round of applause from all of us to Salisbury Diocese’s newest group of Readers / Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs).
‘It was a delight to be in Salisbury Cathedral to support five Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry students being admitted as Licensed Lay Ministers by Bishop Karen,’ says The Revd Paul Burden, Director of Contextual Learning, Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry. ‘The service included contributions from other LLMs who have previously trained at Sarum College including the preacher Claire Horton, who encouraged the new LLMs to be bold in exploring new ways of being church post-pandemic.’
‘Our prayers are with Barbara, Mark, Matthew, Paul and Steven, together with others admitted, as they begin this new stage of their ministry as Licensed Lay Ministers.’
Steven Colby was licensed to Marden Vale, Paul Eaton to Corfe Mullen, Mark Harrison to Devizes St John and St Mary, Barbara Priest to Stour Vale, and Matthew Stone to Harnham St George and All Saints.
“It is fantastic to see the increase in individuals being called to be Licensed Lay Ministers,’ said the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne and acting Bishop of Salisbury. ‘Those licensed recently bring a wide range of experience to the life of the Diocese, and ministry experience back out into all they are engaged with in the world.
“As leaders in church and society, teachers of faith and enablers of mission they can help all of us make connections inside and outside our churches.’
More on Sarum’s Reader /Licensed Lay Ministry training programmes here Licensed Lay Ministry / Readers