Licensed Lay Ministers

Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) perform a valuable and honoured leadership role in the church.  They undertake the work of the laity in a publically visible way, in the context of the church’s worship and work. They are locally trained and are licensed by the Bishop to one or more of five specific ministries under the supervision of an incumbent or priest-in-charge.

Everyone who wants to be an LLM must take the course Understanding Anglican Lay Ministry available through Kootenay School of Ministry. This course by itself does not qualify a student for a license.

There are specific modules for licenses:

A.  If you want to lead any kind of public worship, then you need to take Basics of Liturgy.

B.  If you want to lead services with Reserved Sacrament, then you need to take both Basics of Liturgy and The Eucharist and the Life of the World.

C.  To qualify for preaching in public worship, take a Preaching Course through Kootenay School of Ministry.

D.  To share in the ministry of laying-on of hands and anointing sick or distressed persons, take Laying-on of Hands and Anointing.

E.  Bishops and priests preside at the Eucharist. Under exceptional circumstances, the Bishop may license others to public distribution of Holy Communion according to rites authorized by the Diocesan Bishop. To be licensed for this sort of leadership, you will need to take Basics of Liturgy and The Eucharist and the Life of the World.

If you are interested, please contact your local priest or incumbent to initiate the process.

Once you have completed the required modules you may click HERE for an Application for Lay Ministry License Form.

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