ALM Pastoral Worker

All ALM candidates should:

  • show a clear commitment to personal growth in faith and discipleship;
  • be recognised by the leadership of church and by the congregation(s) as being committed to serving God’s mission through the work of the parish/benefice/deanery, as well as in their own daily life;
  • be committed to working collaboratively as a member of a team;
  • be eager to encourage the gifts of others;
  • show evidence of the gifts and skills appropriate to the particular ministry being considered, and the potential to develop them;
  • have an appetite for life-long learning in a Christian context and be enthusiastic about following a course of training and formation;
  • normally be actual communicant members of the Church of England;
  • be willing and able to comply with the diocesan and parish policies on safeguarding children and adults with particular needs and vulnerabilities.

Pastoral Worker

An ALM Pastoral Worker is 

  • to provide pastoral care on behalf of the church to those who are in need of spiritual, physical, emotional or psychological support. 
  • to offer encouragement, advice, and practical support to those with temporary or long-term illnesses, disabilities or needs. 

A typical pastoral worker role description might include some or all of these responsibilites:

  • Leading or sharing in baptism preparation
  • Leading or sharing in marriage preparation
  • Offering bereavement support
  • Organising a parish prayer support scheme
  • Organizing or being part of a parish visiting team or programme
  • Organising or being part of lunch clubs, coffee mornings etc. offering pastoral support and friendship
  • Visiting people in hospital
  • Transporting people to and from church, lunch clubs, medical appointments etc.
  • Visiting care homes.
  • Visiting those who are sick and housebound.

Download a draft role description.

A full version of a draft role description as an editable word document is available here.

What does the course include?

When it was last run, it included these topics:

What is pastoral care?

  • What is good listening? 
  • How do I pray appropriately with others.
  • Responsible care
  • To whom am I accountable? 
  • Who will support me? 
  • The importance of confidentiality. 
  • Learning how to receive care.
  • Caring for the carers

Visiting the sick 

  • Good practice in hospitals, residential  care and at home
  • Exercising care for adults in vulnerable or distressed situations

Pastoral support around church services

  • Baptism preparation and supporting families with young children
  • Support for marriage, wedding preparation and relationship support
  • Bereavement and the care of families around and after funerals

Pastoral Care and individual needs

  • Improving our awareness of mental health issues
  • Considering care, relationships and spiritual growth in ageing

Part of a team

  • Reflecting on how we share ministry with others.
  • Learning to signpost appropriately
  • When and where to make a referral.
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