LPA resources

This page is designed for Lay Pastoral Assistants and all offering pastoral care in the diocese. It also contains links that we hope you will find useful for your pastoral ministry.

Becoming a Lay Pastoral Assistant

Scroll to the 'Downloads' section for application forms and useful documents.

Bereavement and grief

Church of England resources

Church of England Worship Resources. There is a lot here including services for pastoral occasions.

Hospital visiting

NHS Guide to hospital visiting

Illness, healing and well-being

Listening Skills

Acorn Ministries have training resources for Listening and Healing Ministries.

Further Reading

Bibliography of relevant books and resources is available in the downloads section below.


Do let people know about LPA ministry and refer them to the Lay Pastoral Assistants Ministry page for more details.

Diocesan Resources

The Diocesan leaflets and Guidance for LPAs are available on the How to Become an LPA page and the training course is Exploring Pastoral Care. You can find some of the handouts from the course available to download at the bottom of this page and a sample LPA commissioning.

Please suggest further links or resources you have found useful to Charmain Gilmour, Training and Ministry Administrator, so that she can add them to the LPA Hub. Please, also, notify her of any broken links that you find.

Who to contact

Charmain Gilmour, Training and Ministry Administrator


Application Forms and Adjoining Documents

New Lay Pastoral Assistant Application Form

Renewing Lay Pastoral Assistant Application Form

Assessed Pastoral Visit Form

Confidential Declaration Form and Privacy Notice

Data Privacy Preference Form

LPA Reference Request

Sample Ministry Specification

Other Useful Documents

Aids to working safely

Bibliography and Resources

Home Visit Risk Assessment

Sample Wording for Commissioning

Sample Commissioning Service

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