Lay Preachers Association
We support and encourage the ministry of Lay Preachers through mutual help and spiritual encouragement, communication, continuing education and other events.
The ministry of Lay Preachers contributes to the Church’s mission of encouraging and enabling people to discover, accept and express the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Members are all the accredited or recognised Lay Preachers within the Synod and Lay Preacher Candidates are Associate Members. Members elect Officers at the Annual Conference and commission the Committee of Management to carry out the LPA’s responsibilities.
You can find all relevant documents, such as the Candidate’s Application Form, by clicking on this link.
For more information, contact the President (details below).
Lay Preachers and payments
Lay Preaching is a voluntary ministry of the Church, and Lay Preachers offer their services for the common good of the gospel. Lay Preachers contribute to their own congregations just as many other members do in various ways, without payment for services or travel. Fees for Supply Ministry, as set out in the Summary of Provisions and Charges, do not refer to Lay Preachers conducting services of worship.
Lay Preachers visiting other congregations may be reimbursed for travel according to Synod guidelines. For more information see here.
Also note: Where Lay Preachers are asked to provide services in the one place for longer than one month, they are only to do so with prior Presbytery permission.
The LPA produces a quarterly newsletter called Witness. For more information or to subscribe, contact Witness editor Mandy Stark on 0419 837 991 or email at email@example.com
Education and Formation for Lay Preachers
To learn more about the standards for formation and education for the specified ministry of a lay preacher, download this PDF.
To learn more about the five aspects of formation for ministry by Lay Preachers, download this booklet.
The LPA awards a Certificate of Continuing Education based on a sliding scale of various educational activities. To learn more and apply download this form.
Continuing Education Day
Each year, the LPA holds a Continuing Education Day to facilitate the continued learning of preaching and worship as required by Assembly. This year’s CED is on 3 August at the Centre for Theology & Ministry, Parkville.
To see videos of last year’s event, click here.
Bruce Hill, 03 9459 6112, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gippsland: Peter Morris, 03 5174 1897
Loddon Mallee: David Shield, 54414029, email@example.com
North-East Victoria: Joan McRae, 03 5821 4459, firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Phillip East: Di Paterson, 0400 961 052, email@example.com
Port Phillip West: Rob Coulson, 0407 535 116, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tasmania: Graham Booth, email@example.com
Western Victoria: Daryl Pedler, 03 5562 8046, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yarra Yarra: Hayley Rose, 03 9438 6843
equipping Leadership for Mission: Mel Perkins, 03 9340 8843, email@example.com