Resource minister

Resource ministers are coaches for Local Ministry Teams.

They are called by the parish and appointed by the presbytery with a contract involving all parties specifying responsibilities, expectations and arrangements for payment. A lay person trained in Transition Ministry or otherwise qualified may also be considered as Resource Minister, but in the case of Cooperating Churches, this may be affected by the requirements of other Partner Churches.

Training may be offered through the School of Ministry or in conjunction with Partner Church training events.

A typical appointment is 20% - one day a week, particularly during the period of discernment and initial training, but less than this may be appropriate after the Team has been commissioned. LMT resource ministry may be held in conjunction with other church appointments including parish ministry or the support of other Local Ministry Teams.

A Resource Minister is not a member of the Congregation, and although responsible to the Presbytery, is not the channel by which the relationship of the Congregation to the Presbytery is mediated. The Local Ministry Team takes responsibility for their own decisions and the facilitation of the decisions of the Congregation. The Resource Minister provides ongoing training in ministry and mission skills for the Team and for members of the congregation generally.

The Presbytery through its Ministry Committee may need to actively liaise between the parish and the resource minister as the role develops over time.

See also:  

  • Book of Order 5, 214A: "Where a Presbytery agrees to a congregation establishing a Local Ministry Team, Presbytery will appoint an experienced minister to be a resource minister to the congregation and those sharing the ministry. The resource minister will act as a ministerial advisor to the ordained ministers in the team and help the development of collaborative ministry in the team. The resource minister has a role in encouraging and supporting individual and shared learning."

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