Local Worship Leaders
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The Diocese of Truro recognises people may be called to a range of ministries including leading worship. A Local Worship Leader (LWL) may be authorised to assist at a Eucharistic or other services led by ordained or licensed ministers; they may devise and lead Services of the Word (BCP or Common Worship), special services, new forms of worship such as Café or Messy Church, under the authority, scrutiny and guidance of their incumbent. They are not licensed to preach.
To train as a LWL a candidate needs to be recommended by their incumbent and PCC using the Recommendation for Training form. They will then be invited to attend a Sunday Plus course. Following completion of the course they will be commissioned to their parish or benefice for three years.
After three years there is an opportunity for both the parish and LWL to review the situation and if appropriate apply to be recommissioned for a further three years. LWLs are not required to have a DBS check but are required to undertake Safeguarding training to Level C2.