Overview of Supporting local ministry
Local ministry is about people authorised by a local church or circuit and acting in a pastoral and mission role in a local congregation. They may be paid or voluntary, full-time or part-time. They are commissioned to engage in pastoral ministry and mission on behalf of, and in collaboration with, local church members, for specified periods of time. An individual’s ministry will vary according to their gifts and skills, and the local situation.
In some cases, they may be a ‘pioneer’ - someone who, as a primary focus of their ministry, is connecting with, and aiming to encourage the formation of, disciples among un-churched or de-churched people and intentionally developing a new ecclesial Christian community, or fresh expression of church.