Lay Training

Across the Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop your skills and gifts in order to serve God and all God's people within and beyond the Church. These range from one-off events to more sustained courses.

In addition to courses offered at deanery-level, a variety of training opportunities are organised in Episcopal Areas and diocesan-wide inlcuding online learning that can be undertaken independently or within a taught course. The Lay Training Officers provide local training within Deaneries for commisisoned ministries, such as Lay Worship Leaders and Lay Pastoral Ministers, for the whole of our diocese. For more information on the full range of our courses head to the Digital Learning Platform.

Find more information here on the various Lay Ministry Pathways offered in our diocese.

All those who administer the bread and wine as part of the Eucharist/Holy Communion are required to have the Bishop’s authorisation to do so. To receive this, they should complete diocesan Eucharistic Ministers training. Authorisation is renewed on a five-year cycle. Resources and guidelines are available via the Digital Learning Platform for incumbents to run the required training in their own parishes -  these can be found here. This covers training for church services and for home Communion. If you would be willing to open up the training in your parish to people from other parishes, please contact Anne Payne to advertise it more widely.

Members of the Diocesan Lay Training Team will be pleased to provide further details, even if your enquiry is tentative. Their contact details are below:

Lay Training Officers

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Director of Lay Training

Dr Mandy Aspland
Lay Training Officer (Lay Ministry Pathways)
Rev'd Angela Hannafin
Lay Training Officer (Discipleship and Evangelism)
Headshot of Hayley Matthews Rev'd Helen Collings
Lay Training Officer (Widening Participation)
Anne Payne
Lay Training Administrator
Carol Wood
Ministerial Development Officer, Formational Lead for LLM Training

Leeds School of Ministry

Leeds School of Ministry provides two training hubs for Licensed Lay Ministry (previously known as Readers) through Common Awards (Durham University) at Bingley in The Trinity Centre and in Mirfield, at The Mirfield Centre.

To find out more please visit our School of Ministry page or contact one of our Common Awards Officers below.

Common Awards Officers
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Steve Proudlove
Director of Ministry Formation and Development 

Shuna Hartley
School of Ministry Administrator

Revd Dr Jo Logan
Director of Studies

(Seconded from St Hild College)

Rev'd Dr Erik Peeters

Training Officer and
Mirfield Hub Host

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Rev'd Helen Collings
Acting Formational Lead and Bingley Hub Host




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