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So What Exactly is a Local Preacher?

Posted on Saturday January 28th, 2012, by Matt Finch |
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Last week our very own Margaret Harris was accepted as a local preacher. In the Methodist Church a local preacher is someone who isn’t a minister and doesn’t work for the Church, but a regular member of the congregation who feels they could lead services. After some interviews with the other local preachers (Matt assures me this sounds worse than it is!) and some training (with a local minister) and writing some essays (yes, that bit is painful!) they finally get through and are released on the world of Methodism.

A local preacher will regularly lead services in their local church or area. Officially they can lead a service in any Methodist Church in the Country.

So why do we do this? Well, we believe the Church is not a one person show. It is not just the minister who is able to lead people in prayer, worship, interpreting the bible and being a church community. We believe everyone has gifts to offer the church community and leading a service can be one of these gifts.

So what does this mean? Well, it means that when you turn up to a morning service at SIMC it may not necessarily be Rev Matt leading what’s happening. Regularly, local preachers come and bring their reflections on the bible for us to mull over. This can be a refreshing change or sometimes it can be an unexpected difference to what we like best. But we try to listen out for God in whatever comes.

What if I think I’d like to be a local preacher? We are always wanting to encourage all kinds of people to think about trying different gifts and roles out in the Church. Grab, or e-mail Matt and have a chat about it. You can’t be too young or old, too new or too unqualified. Get in touch and see where it leads.

And so we look forward to seeing more of Margaret in the future and hearing what she has to bring to us on a Sunday morning. May God bless her as she steps out of the box and into the pulpit!

If you’d like to come along and celebrate with us, Margaret’s accreditation service (a service to celebrate and officially acknowledge Margaret as a preacher) is on Sunday 24th June 2012, 6.30pm, at SIMC. And we’ll have Rev Graham Thompson, our District Chair, visiting us. 

Now then, could someone explain what a District Chair is please? We’ll save that one for another blog post….