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The ECORC Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs) Forum

A Forum to support the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) Covenant Support Team and the ECORC Pastoral Relations Minister in recruiting, training, interviewing, and recommending the licensing of Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs).

A licensed lay worship leader is a full member of the United Church of Canada who has been determined to have gifts and a sense of call to the ministry of worship leadership and preaching, and who has developed these gifts through participation in a course of study and is licensed by a regional council.

**Also, check out the LLWL NETWORK webpage which provides specific details on the wider group that includes all current LLWL’s and students in the online/United in Learning LLWL Program. (just click LLWL NETWORK above to be taken directly to the Network page)

ECORC – List of Approved LLWLs (23) Available for Pulpit Supply (June-2022).  Note that this list includes all LLWL’s that are available for pulpit supply, other than their home community of faith.  $224.00 per Sunday is the 2022 Pulpit Supply rate. As of May 1, 2022, the mileage reimbursement rate temporarily increased to 46c/km. — effective until September 30, 2022. [This temporary increase can be further extended to December 31, 2022, if fuel prices remain high.] Please contact Paul Kneebone (LLWL Forum – Secretary) if you require further information.

Purpose

  • To support the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) Covenant Support Team and the ECORC Pastoral Relations Minister in recruiting, training, interviewing, and recommending the licensing of Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs).
  • For Licensed Lay Worship Leaders to support each other as a community of practice.

East Central Ontario Regional Council – LLWL Handbook (Polices & Procedures – 2019)

Membership

Membership includes representative ordained clergy serving in the East Central Ontario region, the ECORC pastoral relations minister, and a number of LLWLs serving in the region. The LLWLs serving on the Forum should also represent a range of geographical locations.

Current members of the ECORC – LLWL FORUM (as of March-2022).

Meetings

Minimum of four a year in addition to any meetings required for the licensing of new LLWLs, organizing learning opportunities, etc.

Duties

Accountable to and directed by the ECORC Covenant Support Team, the ECORC Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Forum shall:

  • oversee the licensing and license renewal process for LLWLs in the East Central Ontario region.
  • members of the Forum conduct interviews with new LLWL candidates and recommend individuals for licensing and renewal to the Covenant Support Team (CST).
  • provide recommendations to the CST on policies and procedures related to the work of LLWLs, and receive and respond to input from the LLWL Network.
  • help ensure clear communication and accountability, linking LLWLs with other levels of the ECORC.  It is the main official channel of communication between the LLWL Network and the Covenant Support Team. LLWL members of the CST will also provide information to the Network.
  • the names of LLWLs shall be circulated within the East Central Ontario Regional Council as those lay people who have been licensed and are approved to lead worship throughout the ECORC.
  • encourage on-going learning and seek to provide opportunities for further development of LLWLs skills through training and education, in partnership with the ECORC Covenant Support Team.  Support the LLWL Network by organizing one or two learning opportunities a year for all LLWLs and students.

Please contact Paul Kneebone (LLWL Forum – Secretary) if you require further information.

Training

Many lay people are called to courageously step forward to give leadership in worship. Those who participate in a Licensed Lay Worship Leader (LLWL) Program are choosing to develop their leadership gifts further.  We welcome you to explore the possibility of becoming a Licensed Lay Worship Leader (LLWL). United in Learning offers a two-year online training program.  Here are three documents to get you started on that possible journey.

  • Are you feeling a persistent nudge or calling to be a part of the lay ministry in our region of the United Church of Canada? Hear what some of our own region’s LLWL’s have to say – Recruitment Information
  • Two other documents provide further details about this unique and dynamic national online learning program:  OVERVIEW and BROCHURE

As a secondary contact, while Reverend David Timpson, Pastoral Relations Minister is on Restorative Care Leave, if you are interested in participating in the ECORC Licensed Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs) Forum, please contact Reverend Rosemary Lambie.

Executive Minister: Reverend Rosemary Lambie

Phone: 1-800-268-3781 Ext. 6147
Email: RLambie@united-church.ca

Reverend Rosemary Lambie’s role is Executive Minister for East Central Ontario Regional Council (RC 11), Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council (RC 12) and Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council (RC 13), which together comprise approximately 450 communities of faith. She is the senior staff and executive officer of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) and its Assembly of Elders. All of the ECORC staff report to the Executive Minister.