Information for Parishes

TO PAY YOUR LAY PREACHER’S ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION

One way of supporting the work of your Lay Preachers is to pay their annual membership subscription of the NZLPA.  To do this, you can

    • either make a deposit into our bank account via online banking –

For Methodist Church of New Zealand – NZ Lay Preachers Assn
Bank of New Zealand, Cashel and Fitzgerald, Christchurch
Account no.  02-0820-0765992-00
Particulars:  Subscription
Code: NZLPA
Reference:  Lay Preacher’s initials and surname

    • or send a cheque to the Treasurer/Membership Secretary, 3A Trist Place, Edgeware, Christchurch 8013, with your Lay Preacher’s name and postal address.

Subscriptions are at two levels –

$25.00 for waged Lay Preachers
$20.00 for unwaged Lay Preachers

Please feel free to email the Treasurer/Membership Secretary at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

REMUNERATION OF LAY PREACHERS

Lay Preachers offer ministry by leading worship and taking services in response to God’s call.  They are not looking for remuneration, but see themselves as taking their place alongside others in their congregations who serve in different ways.

As with any ministry, there are costs involved in remaining active and up-skilled; these can include attending training days, further study, subscribing to journals and magazines or keeping books up to date.  Some parishes offer their Lay Preachers a book allowance or pay the annual NZLPA (New Zealand Lay Preachers Association) subscription of $25 pa.

Image result for remunerationFor those Lay Preachers who take services for a congregation other than their own, it is appreciated if expenses are reimbursed as a gift in petrol vouchers or book tokens (a minimum of $60 is suggested).  It is important to Image result for gift cards zealandindicate that this is a koha rather than a payment.  If payment is made as a pulpit supply in a Parish, then tax forms must be completed by both the Parish and the Lay Preacher to comply with accounting requirements.

LONG-SERVICE CERTIFICATES

Image result for long-serviceAnd – if you wish to apply for a long-service certificate for a Lay Preacher who has provided 10, 15, 20, 25, etc., years service, click here to download the application form.

Please note that it will take at least a month to process your application for a long-service certificate, from the time it is received by the Registrar.

LOOKING FOR A LAY PREACHER IN YOUR AREA?

searchingThe NZLPA does not keep lists of Lay Preachers by either denomination or geographical area, and we suggest your first approach be to the body in your Denomination which has immediate oversight (Synod, Presbytery, Diocese, etc.) of your Congregation or Parish.  Other Parishes or Clergy in your denomination and/or geographical area may also be able to help.

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