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Lay Pastoral Assistant

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Mar, 2022 10:51 PM

Lay ministers called to a Pastoral Ministry

LPAs are trained and authorised to engage in pastoral ministry on behalf of the local church, working as part of a team of clergy and laity.

They may work with children and young people, the sick, the recently bereaved and the elderly and housebound. They may take communion to those unable to come to church. Many benefices have teams of LPAs, some of whom specialise in a particular area.

All LPAs focus on pastoral care, but an individual’s ministry varies according to their gifts and skills, and the local situation.

In all cases the ministry calls for a loving and compassionate heart, and a willingness to listen and support those in need.


LPAs may be involved in:

  • Welcoming newcomers to both our churches and our communities
  • Visiting families before and after baptism
  • Work with children and young people
  • Marriage preparation
  • Hospital visiting
  • Visiting people in their homes [not just the elderly and housebound]
  • Supporting the bereaved
  • Prayer and healing
  • Hospitality
  • Training and nurture, including confirmation preparation & home groups
  • Evangelism, including Alpha groups
  • Participating in worship


 If you have any questions or need help with any of the above please email  .

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