The 'lay-lay' report
A 2014 report on the importance of 'lay-lay' leaders
One surprise from the above research was discovering the presence of a large group of leaders that have become known as the 'lay-lay'. We invented this shorthand term to mean people with no centralised formal training, or official authorisation for this specific task, although a number bring significant work and life experience, including skills with people. This group accounts for 40% of the leaders across the 541 fresh expressions of Church recorded in the first 11 dioceses we researched.
Finding this significant, we compiled a short report. Dr Rachel Jordan, National Mission and Evangelism Adviser, says of it: 'Those who read this will realise it raises significant questions about how we invest in the future shape of ministry and mission in our Church.'
The report can be downloaded here.