The greatest need these days, of course, is for people who respond to God’s call by serving Jesus Christ as ordained ministers. But as more and more churches find themselves without a minister, there is an increasing demand for lay preachers to lead Sunday services. The Independents provide training for those who wish to preach the Christian Gospel but choose not, for various reasons, to become ministers. The Union has over twenty recognised lay preachers at present, but many more are needed.
Peter Harries of Salem, near Llandeilo is the latest to be become a ‘recognised lay preacher’. In the picture, Peter is seen receiving his Lay Preacher’s certificate from the Revd Aled Jones (right) of the Independents’ College, in the company of the Revd Gwyn Elfyn Jones, Chair of the East Carmarthen and Brecknockshire Association, in their Quarterly Meeting at Salem.
More lay preachers like Peter Harries are needed. Candidates who attend classes, held in five centres in Wales, testify to enjoying the learning and discussing. The course is not too demanding, but gives a person confidence to enter a pulpit with authority. If you are interested, ask with your minister or a member of your Association. You will experience great satisfaction in preaching the Gospel and meeting new friends in other chapels, who will surely appreciate your service.