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Local Ministry

Local Ministry - Two men praying together

Recognising that far-reaching changes were taking place in Church and society, the Diocese of Hereford adopted Local Ministry as part of its strategy for the future.

This means recognising that 'the ministry of the local church' involves everyone, not just the Vicar. Many lay people already work hard for the church in practical ways, but often not all the gifts for mission and pastoral care, leading worship and strategic thinking are being used.

Local Ministry Roles

The Diocese of Hereford has developed a range of Local Ministry roles to enable people with all sorts of gifts to work as part of a team which offers worship, pastoral care and mission activities in church and in the wider community. These roles are supervised by the parish priest and work alongside other lay and ordained ministers.

There is a Working Agreement template (between a Local Minister and their incumbent) and template role descriptions for each role: Local Minister; Local Worship Leader; Local Pastoral Visitor and Local Missioner.

If you would like to know more about Local Ministry please contact Elizabeth Wild, Director of Mission and Ministry.

Local Ministry Training

Local ministry training is flexible and can be offered in parishes and deaneries, but we also have a one year Introduction to Christian Ministry Course available which is suitable training for the Local Minister role.

And new for 2024-25 is the Childrens, Youth and Families Ministry pathway course

Worship Resources for lay leaders (from the Diocesan Liturgical Group)

What is a Local Ministry Development Group (LMDG)?

An LMDG is made up of the Incumbent plus various others - usually a specially formed group based on nominations by the congregation.


  • acts as a focus and a catalyst for mission and ministry in the local church;
  • is not meant to do all the work but rather to foster the ministries of all God's people as together they share in God's mission.
Why form a Local Ministry Development Group (LMDG)?

An LMDG is useful because it provides:

  • a way of taking forward ideas which otherwise might remain on the shelf;
  • a range of complimentary gifts, rather than the strengths (and weaknesses) of individuals on their own;
  • a coordinating point for the benefice's mission; an expression of the ownership of the Church's future by all God's people; a way of realising people's gifts, within and beyond the LMDG.
Three marks of local ministry

Local Ministry can be spotted by looking out for the following marks:

  • local communities of faith discerning God's call to mission over the years ahead and obeying that call;
  • all Christians being enabled to realise their gifts as they share in discipleship and ministry;
  • lay people and clergy sharing leadership as local churches take responsibility for being signs of God's Kingdom.


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