Lay Worship Ministry: New Pathways

The URC has developed two new pathways into lay worship ministry. Lay Preachers are now Assembly Accredited (AALPs) and Worship Leaders are now recognised locally by their Synod (LRWLs). Click here for a useful summary.

The pathways offer opportunities to explore a sense of call and to exercise and develop ministry, whilst recognising the overriding duty of care to both individuals and churches.

As a Synod, we urge and encourage all of you who are engaged in worship ministry to consider prayerfully how you can develop your own particular role and grow in discipleship and service for the good of the whole church. 

With that in mind we are pleased to announce that the next course to train to become an Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher begins in September 2022. This is a two-year part-time course leading to Assembly Accreditation. Learning is by mixed mode with some sessions on Zoom, some pre-recorded, and work to be done in between; there are also two in-person weekends a year. The programme covers personal development, crafting worship, the Bible in worship, theology of the URC, safe boundaries in pastoral care, equality and diversity and intergenerational worship.

The closing date for submitting applications is Thursday 30 June. For further details, please contact Stephen Best (the Synod’s Lay Preaching Representative) at or email Nicola Furley-Smith at