Ministries Committee

Equipping and supporting all ministry

Synod Ministries Committee

Convener: Mrs Kath Lonsdale

Secretary: Mrs Christine Hall

Pastoral Committee Convener: Rev Jason McCullagh


  • Stipendiary Representative – Vacant
  • Special Category Ministry – Rev Fran Kissack
  • Self-Supporting Ministry – Rev Geoff Ellis
  • Church Related Community Work – Vacant
  • Worship Development Officer – Miss Jill Fletcher
  • Elders – Mrs Val Morrison
  • Stepwise Co-ordinator – Dr Lesley Coote

Principal Contacts

  • Synod Evangelist (Rev Ashley Evans) – Rev Helga Cornell
  • Peter’s House – Rev Steven Knapton
  • 18-25’s SCM Ministry – Mr David Robinson
  • EM2 Ministers and TDO Network – Rev Alison Micklem
  • EM3 Ministers – Dr Lesley Coote

Retired Minister Links

  • Aire Valley/Bradford – Vacant
  • Central – Rev Helga Cornell
  • East – Vacant
  • South – Vacant
  • West – Rev John Jenkinson


Aims of Ministries Committee

  • To formulate the synod’s understanding of ministry and to develop appropriate strategies and policies for all forms of ministry within the synod
  • To be proactive in encouraging people into all forms of ministry both lay and ordained
  • To ensure the proper training and support of ordained ministry, Community Ministers (CRCWs), lay preachers and all forms of ministry within the local church

Range of Activity

  • Devising the overall strategy for the deployment of Ministers of the Word and Sacraments (MWS) and Church Related Community Workers (CRCWs) within the Synod
  • Taking responsibility for synod policy for Special Category Minister (SCM) posts and CRCW Projects within the synod
  • Encouraging people into all forms of ministry both lay and ordained
  • Encouraging people into eldership and offering oversight and care and training of elders
  • Advising and acting on behalf of the Synod upon applications from candidates for ministry and admission into the URC
  • Offering oversight and care of MWS, CRCWs and Elders in Local Leadership (ELL).
  • Offering oversight and care of MWS and CRCW candidates, students, and people within first three years of service (EM2)
  • Taking responsibility for in-service training and ongoing development of MWS and CRCWs (EM3), and ELL.
  • Taking responsibility for oversight of Pastoral Supervision for MWS and CRCWs,
  • Liaising with Accreditation Sub-committee on the reviews of post holders in SCM Posts and CRCW Projects,  and overseeing the review of other ministers in synod – overseen posts.
  • Offering oversight and care and training of lay preachers, local pastors, worship leaders and students
  • Supporting and developing ‘Stepwise’ within the life of the Synod.

Next committee meeting…

Synod Council



Children and Youth


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