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Lay Worship Leaders

by Adrian Smale last modified 01 Mar, 2022 10:49 PM

Lay Worship Leaders play a vital role in parishes across the Diocese by leading a wide variety of worship from BCP Morning Prayer to Fresh Expressions and Messy Church.

Training takes place locally and LWLs are commissioned by the Diocese for this ministry. The wide range of topics in the course build confidence and understanding of the principles of leading worship well, as well as introducing a wide range of approaches.

 So whether you are in a quiet rural church in a multi-parish benefice, or an informal worship leader in a big urban congregation, there will be something new for you.  If you think God may be calling you to this ministry, contact your local parish priest. 

Read a Salisbury calling blog post personal testimony by an LWL, here.

The following is a brief ‘specification’ for the kind of person who might be right to become a Lay Worship Leader.  Does this describe you?

 A LWL should be:

  •  baptised and confirmed
  • a regular worshipper and communicant in their home church
  • rooted and grounded in their local community (eg not very recently arrived or likely to move away in the near future)
  • widely known and trusted by a range of local people and groups
  • someone with an appropriate ministerial ‘presence’
  • able to undertake an initial 10 session course of study
  • willing to engage in appropriate continuing ministerial development
  • prepared to work under the supervision of their incumbent and alongside licensed colleagues both lay and ordained
  • able to handle the projections and expectations of others


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

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