Self-aware reflective Christian formation is a process of conscious discernment of all those influences, and a conscious decision to engage (see below) the influences which shape us more fully into the form of Christ, and to reject those influences which take us further from Christ’s image.
Candidates for the specified ministry of Lay Preacher are required to participate in a ‘formation’ day in order to attain the VicTas Synod’s Certificate of Lay Preacher Studies, part of the training requirements for accreditation as a Lay Preacher by the candidate’s presbytery.
Sessions include the Basis of Union, the Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice for Lay Preachers, supervision, continuing education and support structures for the lay ministries of the Uniting Church.
Lay Preachers are not suddenly ‘formed’ by engaging with these foundational Uniting Church perspectives for a single day, but the formative influence of these foundations is important to reflect upon on this day, and throughout the ministry to be exercised by Lay Preachers and other lay leaders within the Church.
Click this link to read more about formation and to view the required pre-reading for the Lay Preacher formation weekend.
Click here to download the Formation Weekend registration form.