Thousands of lay ministers using their gifts in a wide variety of different roles, serving alongside ordained ministers. Lay ministry falls broadly into three categories: Recognised, Authorised and Licensed.
Licensed lay ministries represent the church in a public, representative or leadership role. Examples of licensed lay ministers include Readers, licensed lay ministers, Church Army evangelists, lay workers and some lay pioneers. Licensed lay ministers may be involved in evangelism, mission enabling, teaching, preaching, leading of worship, taking funerals, leading a Fresh Expression service and community outreach. Licenses are issued by the diocesan bishop as required by Canon and are nationally recognised.