Carrie Myers : Gearing up Lay Ministry for the 2020s

Carrie Myers Church of England Lay Ministries Officer
Carrie Myers Lay Ministries Officer

In the past year we have seen changes that would normally take twenty or thirty years in the way we undertake our mission and ministry.

Across the church conversations are underway as to the what will the church look like in the 2020s post the covid-19 crisis, and what resources will we have given the financial pressures we are experiencing.

As we emerge from the pandemic, we will rely even more on an army of over 100,000 lay people involved in supporting our clergy in publicly recognised ministry and roles, as well as the tens of thousands more who are active in serving their communities.

Carrie Myers, the Lay Ministries Officer for the Church of England will lead this Deanery Briefing to explore how we in Deanery Leadership and similar roles can take a lead in developing and influencing this vision, enabling lay ministries to abound and flourish.

About Carrie Myers

Carrie Myers is Lay Ministries Officer within the National Ministry Team, joining the team in this new role in April 2019. Carrie helps to champion and celebrate lay ministries, coordinate work nationally and support dioceses in growing vocations, providing training and sharing ideas, inspiration and best practice. Working with the Lay Ministries Advisory Group, she has recently produced A Vision for Lay Ministries which seeks to inspire the whole church in thanksgiving, reflection and action.

Carrie has a background working in volunteer management, working for charities including the MS Society, USPG and Girlguiding. Carrie has a BA and MA in theology from Durham University and has been a licensed Reader in the Diocese of Southwark since 2013.