Lay Leadership in Worship

September 22, 2022 - November 10, 2022
Dates and location: Via Zoom, on Thursdays at 7:00pm (Victoria, BC time) September 22, 29, October 13, 20, 27, November 3 & 10. (Ending time is not published)
Cost: Free; participants must purchase their own copies of the required reading.
Leading the Liturgy of the Word

The Diocese of Islands and Inlets is presenting a 7-week course from mid-September to mid-November 2022 designed to equip lay leaders. The course will provide the skills and resources for laity to lead worship services, Morning and Evening Prayer and the Liturgy of the Word (a church service without the Eucharist).

Course description: The seven sessions will equip lay leaders to:

  • Understand the purpose of liturgy
  • Follow the lectionary and examine its purpose in worship/liturgical formation
  • Understand our Anglican, geographical, social and historical context
  • Become familiar with the broad principals and structure of the BCP and the BAS
  • Pray creatively and prepare intercessory prayers
  • Access the available liturgical, lectionary, prayer and sermon resources needed to plan and lead a worship service

Required reading: The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life by Joan Chittister (2009), from the Ancient Practices Series.

Qualifications: All those wishing to lead the Liturgy of the Word must have a valid Police Information Check (with Vulnerable Persons Sector check) and have completed Safe Church training within the last five years. Participants may begin the course without these two qualifications in place but must have obtained both before the end of the course in order to be considered “graduated” and obtain permission from the bishop to lead the Liturgy of the Word in their parish.

Registration: Participants should contact their warden, priest, or archdeacon to express interest in this course. Registration must be completed by a warden, priest or archdeacon.

Instructors: In partnership with Bishop Anna Greenwood-Lee, course design and content has been developed and will be presented by:

  • The Rev. Sr. Ingrid Andersen (incumbent, Church of the Advent, Diocese of Islands and Inlets)
    •  Ingrid’s role is to offer leadership with the design and content of this course and assist with discerning and scheduling session leaders. An Anglican priest for eighteen years in post-apartheid South Africa, Ingrid has a Master of Adult Education and is engaged in her Doctor of Adult Education studies at Penn State University. Her research focus is on building the capacity of lay and ordained church leadership to respond appropriately to parish teaching and learning needs. She has developed and taught courses in church growth, small group/home church lay leadership and lay worship skills training for the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.  She has a special focus on human rights, social justice, community development, peacebuilding, and healing and reconciliation.
  • The Rev. Canon Donna Joy (Diocese of Rupert’s Land)
    •  Donna’s role is to help with the design and content of this course. Donna has participated in parish, diocesan, and national church leadership roles initially as a lay person, and since she became ordained in 1990. Ongoing, lifelong learning has remained a priority, with a particular focus on equipping lay leaders to plan and lead worship. In addition to this, she is passionate about Collaborative Leadership and Ministry Models, Conflict Management, Children’s Religious Formation. Recently she has been exploring these topics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.