Diocese of Carlisle

Lay Ministry

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8

‘God for All’ means being a Christian presence in every community and across the whole County. There are hundreds of lay people involved in ministry in churches, workplaces, and communities across Cumbria.Often these people are humbly following a call without considering themselves or their gifting ‘special’.But these people, and their gifts, are indeed special – as they respond to God’s call.

God calls people to a wide range of ministries, lay and ordained, in our church and in our everyday lives: worship leaders, pastoral visitors, youth and children’s ministers, pioneers, chaplains, and Readers, are kinds of lay ministries.We offer support and training to those who are already active in these ministries and those who wish to be.

You can find out more about the wide range of opportunities to serve Jesus through our vocations page and on the God for All website.

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If you believe you’re called to public ministry in the Church of England, talk to your vicar, or one of our vocations advisors.

If you are already a Reader, or an authorised, or local, lay minister you can find out about how to stay in touch and what training days and materials are available to you here.