Lay Employees

More and more lay people are employed to work in the Methodist Church. The work they do is varied and can range from looking after the church premises to working with children and families. For many years some were known by the name ‘Lay Workers’. Some lay employees may be part of the ministry team of a district, circuit or church working alongside presbyters, deacons and other lay people. In 1970 there were less than 35 posts, but today there are around 2000 lay people throughout the Connexion.


The Methodist Church strongly encourages initial training and continuing development for its employees.  Details of local, regional and connexional training events should appear here on a regular basis.

Orientation Programme

This short course can be delivered on a district or regional basis. It focuses on the induction of employees as they move posts or begin work within a church context for the first time. The programme aims to good practice through sharing together and through the learning and training opportunities which the different topics provide.

The next course is in Leeds on 23 March & 21 April 2015 , download the flyer for more details: Lay Employees Orientation Programme

Connecting Disciples Conference

Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network conference for lay employees and children and youth workers – Connecting Disciples 2014.

The conference is taking place at High Leigh Christian Conference Centre on 2-5 March 2015 and will be an opportunity for networking, learning and development and reflection.

More information here