3. Licensed Lay Ministry Programme – Expectations

3.1 A Licensed Lay Minister is a person who is licensed by the Bishop to lead worship in the name of the church. An LLM functions within a congregation under the supervision of the incumbent and at the incumbent’s pleasure, and represents the local congregation of the Anglican Church of Canada in the community.

3.2 After approval by the incumbent and congregation, the incumbent will send the application for a licence to the Bishop.

3.3 The applicant will be required to undertake appropriate LLM training before beginning this ministry.

3.4 The applicant will:

3.4.1 Manifest a personal spirituality which demonstrates an integration of body, mind, and spirit working towards wholeness. This spiritual maturity is not only demonstrated in regular participation in the liturgical life of the community, but also in an explicit commitment to spiritual growth and a disciplined life of prayer.

3.4.2 Have a healthy attitude towards his/her own personal well-being.

3.4.3 Have an ability to reflect critically and creatively on his/her spiritual, theological and behavioural assumptions, as well as her/his own ministry practice.

3.4.4 Support the ministry of the incumbent.

3.5 Competencies expected of people who are licensed as a Licensed Lay Minister include:

3.5.1 Competencies expected of all applicants for a licence:

1. Be able to think theologically.
2. Be able to talk about the content of scripture and explain the basic teachings as understood within the Anglican Church of Canada.
3. Explain the basic teachings in the Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.
4. Be able to share faith with others.
5. List the sacraments as recognized in the Anglican Church of Canada and be able to explain what they mean. 6. Be able to identify and explain the ethos of Anglicanism.
7. Be able to talk about the orders of bishops, priests, and deacons and explain their roles in the Anglican Church of Canada.
8. Be able to talk about the biblical, historical, and theological basis for lay ministry; and the Anglican context of lay ministry, including structure and parameters.
9. Understand appropriate use of vestments, according to Diocesan norms.
10. Be able to work with other volunteers.

3.5.2 Leading public worship in Morning and Evening Prayer, including sermons or homilies authorized by the incumbent (Licence A).

1. The competencies as listed in section 3.5.1.
2. Have a working knowledge of the structure, purpose, and theology of the offices.
3. Be able to locate and employ appropriate services in the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) and Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and in locally developed service books approved by the Bishop.
4. Be able to locate appointed readings for services. February 21, 2013
5. Be able to choose appropriate hymns for the service.
6. Be able to compose and lead Prayers of the People.
7. Be able to find and use appropriate sermon resources.
8. When planning worship, the applicant will be able to choose appropriate sections, taking into account the context and the season in the liturgical year.
9. Be able to speak and read clearly in public, and know how to operate a microphone if one is used.
10. Be able to demonstrate appropriate posture for leading worship.
11. Be able to adapt services appropriately to meet pastoral needs.
12. Have an understanding of institutional protocols and regulations in regard to visitors, when leading services in hospitals, nursing and care homes, and other facilities.

3.5.3 Leading services with Reserved Sacrament in hospitals, nursing and care homes, and for sick and shut-in persons (Licence B)

1. The competencies as listed in sections 3.5.1 and 3.5.2.
2. Have a basic understanding of the theology and practices associated with the Eucharist.
3. Understand the purposes and parameters of services with Reserved Sacrament.
4. Be able to use authorized service materials, in accordance with the policies of the Diocese of Kootenay.
5. Be able to find and use appropriate sermon/reflection resources.
6. Be able to use locally adapted services. Services must be approved by the local incumbent, in accordance with diocesan policy.
7. Be able to use practices that reduce the risk of choking when giving communion to people who may have difficulty swallowing, and also people with dementia.
8. Be able to adapt services appropriately to meet pastoral needs.
9. Have an understanding of institutional protocols and regulations in regard to visitors.

3.5.4 Preaching in Public Worship (Licence C)

1. The competencies as listed in section 3.5.1 and 3.5.2.
2. Have a good understanding of scripture. The anticipated knowledge level will be equivalent to that ordinarily reached by taking the first two years of Education for Ministry.
3. Have a basic understanding of biblical interpretation and its application to preaching.
4. Have an intermediate knowledge of the central beliefs of Christianity.
5. Understand the place of preaching in the life of the Christian church and the world.
6. Be able to explain how the Anglican Church of Canada and Anglican Communion are organized.
7. Be able to compose and deliver a homily suitable for anticipated ministry contexts.
8. Be able to demonstrate suitable public speaking skills.
9. Be able to find helpful preaching resources, and know how to use them.
10. Understand the ethics of using other sources. February 21, 2013

3.5.5 Laying-on of hands and anointing sick or distressed persons (Licence D)

1. The competencies as listed in section 3.5.1.
2. Have a basic understanding of the theology and practices associated with laying-on of hands and anointing.
3. Be able to use authorized service materials.
4. Understand the Bishop’s policy on laying-on of hands.
5. Understand the Bishop’s policy on anointing.

3.5.6 In exceptional circumstances, leading a service that includes the distribution of Holy Communion in regular public worship in a Church (Licence E).

1. The competencies as listed above in sections 3.5.1, 3.5.2 and 3.5.3.
2. Understand the standards established by the Anglican Church of Canada, as contained in the booklet “Public Distribution of Holy Communion by Deacons and Lay People.”
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the standards included in Diocesan policy.
4. Be able to demonstrate the liturgical movements (where to sit, stand, kneel) when leading the service from both the BAS and BCP, according to local custom and remaining consistent with Diocesan policy on the public distribution of Holy Communion and with the Anglican Church of Canada’s document, “Public Distribution of Holy Communion by Deacons and Lay People.”
5. Be able to explain the chief theological perspectives contained in the BAS and BCP.

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