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The Profile of a Lay Preacher

A Lay Preacher should have the following qualities

  • A knowledge of the content of the Bible
  • The skill to interpret and explain the bible and thus needs to understand both the text and the people in  the contemporary context
  • A knowledge of theology in the Methodist tradition.
  • A knowledge of the history of Methodism
  • The ability to thinking theologically  and thus to express their own understanding of theological issues
  • Homiletical skills
  • The ability to use a varieties of presentations and service forms.
  • The ability to compose a contemporary sermon
  • The ability to present a sermon
  • The ability to create a liturgical framework and hence as knowledge of the liturgical year
  • The skill to conduct basic pastoral care and hence the skills to understand oneself and other peopl