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Interest in lay preacher training widespread

Following a request from the LCANZ College of Bishops, ALC has developed and recently launched an online Lay Preacher Training module to support congregational lay preachers – current and future. Since its launch at the start of 2021, there have been enrolments from New Zealand and every LCA District of Australia.

The content is derived from ALC’s pastoral training program, providing both coherency and consistency between the pastoral office and the service of lay preachers. The training module provides those interested in lay preaching an opportunity to discern their call as a lay preacher, without any expectation to become a lay preacher at the end of the training.

With the recommendation that participants allow up to three months to complete the content, they can work through sessions within ALC’s iLearn system at their own pace. All participants need a mentor pastor to journey with them—to support their learning as well as to provide feedback on sermons they write at the end of the training module.

One of the Lay Preacher Training participants, Ian Kluge, was recently featured in ALC’s June Saints Alive magazine. As a retired police officer, Ian sees his retirement as a time to serve: ‘I believe that lay preaching is how God has called me to serve at this time in my life.’ In response to the Lay Preacher Training module, Ian comments that ‘the thing I enjoy most is the reflective discussion times with my mentor.’

While the training is available for anyone to undertake, it should be noted that lay preachers with the LCANZ are approved and appointed by district bishops, following consultation between the bishops, local congregation, and the lay preaching candidate.

To discuss any queries about the Lay Preacher Training, email training@alc.edu.au; to register for the training, visit https://alc.edu.au/training/professional-development/lpt-enrolment/.