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Lay Ministry Resources

Here you will find resources for Licensed Lay Ministers to inspire, encourage and help you in your ministry.

  1. Theological Foundations for the Church's Ministries of Education, Healing, Pastoral Care, Worship and Lay Distribution of Communion

     Paper on Education        73 KB  pdf 
     Paper on Healing         81 KB  pdf   
     Paper on Pastoral Care         79 KB  pdf
     Paper on Worship       124 KB  pdf
     Paper on Lay Distribution of Communion       340 KB  pdf

    Papers and reflection questions prepared by  The Wellington Institute of Theology for ministers within the Anglican Diocese of Wellington.  

  2. A paper on the Anglican practice of anointing with blessed oil prepared by the Rev Derek Lightbourne
         Paper on Anointing with blessed oil       12KB  pdf 

  3. Bob Barrett's series Developing your skills
    We are able to provide the following titles:

      Number 1   "Visitor Friendly Worship"         474 KB pdf    
      Number 2   "Worship - Who is it for?"         528 KB pdf  
      Number 3   "Leading Worship - The Prayers"       463 KB  pdf  
      Number 4   "People Helping Skills"      496 KB  pdf  
      Number 5   "Preaching and Teaching"       504 KB  pdf  
      Number 6   "Stewardship - The Financial Area"       512 KB  pdf  
      Number 8   "Healing - Prayer Ministry"       397 KB  pdf  
      Number 9   "Informal Worship - Designing and Leading"       466 KB  pdf  
      Number 10   "Incorporation - Helping Newcomers Into Membership"        531 KB  pdf  
      Number 11   "Change - Introduce New Things Successfully"       426 KB  pdf   
      Number 12   "Youth Ministry - Principles, Structures, Skills and Leadership"       318 KB  pdf  
      Number 13   "Handling Hurts in the Church"       506 KB  pdf 
      Number 14   "Managing Conflict in the Church"       519 KB  pdf 
      Number 15   "Every Member Ministry – Making It Work"       575 KB  pdf 
      Number 16   "Criticism – How Do We Respond?"       574 KB  pdf 

  4. Additional Resources:
    Please click below for the following resources:

     A3: Leading a Printed Service         pdf    2 MB
     C1: Music in Worship       pdf    8 MB
     C8: Worship: Practical Issues 
          pdf    8 MB

  5. Books of interest:

    The Church Beyond … Our Leadership by Bob Barrett
    Archdeacon Bob Barrett, retired Priest in Nelson Diocese, has written a book entitled The Church Beyond … Our Leadership. This book is a useful resource for clergy and key lay leaders and is on the vitals of leading a parish church – what we need to do well to be successful in any context.

    Copies are available from Bob on email  or telephone 03 547 7754. Copies are $20.00 each but ask about a discount that may be available for multiple copies. P&P within New Zealand if $5.00 for single copies and less per copy for multiple copies.
    Alternatively if you wish to claim GST on your order, please order from The Copy Press @ $30.00 per copy plus P&P. Email  or telephone 03 547 2972.  
    Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Michael Frost
    This book presents a biblical, Christian worldview for the emergent churchpeople who are not at home in the traditional church or in the secular world. As exiles of both, they must create their own worldview that integrates their Christian beliefs with the contemporary world.

    Copies are available on Amazon 
    The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay
    Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today's culture, through any church of any size.

    Copies are available on Amazon 

  6. Website links of interest:
    There are some excellent booklets on prayer available on this site.   Anglican Prayer website - Canada

    Of particular interest might be this Handbook for Readers and Intercessors.  There are great tips for those who lead the Prayers of the People
    Readers and Intercessors Handbook       pdf    170kB

    Other websites:

    New Zealand Prayer Book

    Daily prayer using Common Book of Common Prayer from the Church of England

    A Welcome Interruption; Shared daily prayer for Millennials 

    NZ Anglican Lectionary on line

    Common Prayer of Ordinary Radicals

  7. Applications for Smart Phones:

    o Centring Prayer Application; Search Contemplative Outreach
    o Bible Online: YouVersion, multiple versions available, including downloadable to your phone *Includes updated reading programmes
    o Book of Common Prayer
    o Jesuits Prayer, great section on the Ignatian Examen
    o iPray - offices using Book of Common Prayer?

Licensed Lay Ministry Queries

For all Lay Ministry or Accredited Parish Chaplain queries please contact Archdeacon Gendy Thomson on telephone 04 472 1057 or email

Updated 28 June 2017

Updated: August 2016

No reira waiho ko te aroha o Te Matua Kaha Rawa hei korowai mou.
May the love of Almighty God enfold you!