W:LP Information

Worship: Leading & Preaching is an exciting opportunity to reshape Local Preacher and Worship Leader (LPWL) training, in the light of changes to our culture, new ways of being a church, new media technologies, new educational developments, and feedback from previous trainees. There is a stronger focus on the skills required for preaching and leading worship, but without any dumbing down of theological and Biblical study - although non-accredited, the course still roughly equates to studying at A-level standard. 


The Aim

Our aim is to produce a training Pathway that will equip worship leaders and local preachers to proclaim the love of God in Christ Jesus with confidence inspired by the Holy Spirit. If you have any questions please email localpreachers@methodistchurch.org.uk and we will attempt to answer them and if appropriate we will add them to this list of FAQs.


Introductory Material

A PowerPoint presentation from the Ministry Development Team including information on the structure, assessment and aims of the new course can be found here

Full audio version, with commentary by Methodist presbyter and broadcaster, the Revd Roger Hutchings can be found  here. (Commentary will begin as you advance each slide). Or follow this link to view a video of the Worship: Leading & Preaching introduction (Windows Media Player required).

If you'd like to see the detailed descriptions of each module, please click here. Warning: there's lots of detail and some jargon here and these are really 'under the bonnet' specifications. 


Useful Documents

  • From On Note to Admission as a Local Preacher - A newly revised version of this familiar document updated to account for changes due to Worship: Leading & Preaching. The original version concerning Faith & Worship can be found here.
  • The Appointment and Training of a Worship Leader - This document shows the processes and steps from someone offering themselves to be a worship leader to becoming fully commissioned.
  • Circuit Interviews for Persons On Trial - A newly revised version of this familiar document updated to account for changes due to Worship: Leading & Preaching as well as adding some Appreciative Enquiry techniques. The original guidance that relates closely with Faith & Worship can be found here:


Guides to the Online Material and Moodle

Worship: Leading & Preaching Course Handbook

Moodle User Guide

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Called to Lead Worship? Called to Preach?

Prayer Handbook 2013 - 2014

These two booklets will help those exploring God's call to the ministries of worship leader or local preacher. They include testimonies, Scripture and practical guidance to encourage reflection, prayer and talking things through with others.  

Order online here.