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Specifics of the Lay Missionary Program

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There will be four integral aspects to the program.

DIAKONIA

The Lay Missionary will involve him/herself in the ongoing service of the Mission on a daily basis and gradually undertake a leadership role in specific areas of the work of the Mission. To this end the Lay Missionary must be flexible and able to adjust to the everyday demands of mission work. A key element of this work is the ability to respond pastorally to the needs of the persons whom the Mission serves.

THEOLOGICAL FORMATION

The theological element for the Lay Missionary will include formal times of reflection on the Orthodox theological understanding and spirituality of mission to the poor and marginalized in a community of learning that will include themselves and others, including theologians on the “teaching staff” of LTS. There will also be courses on the practical care of the members of the Mission from appropriate professionals and also other practical aspects of members needs such as housing, health care, drug awareness etc.

LITURGY

The Mission's spiritual life includes daily services that are part of the life of the Mission and also the liturgical life of the parish of St Silouan that worships regularly in the Mission's chapel. In addition to the services at the Mission the Lay Missionaries will be required to participate in the theological reflection that forms a regular part of the life of the Mission and the Mission parish. Lay Missionaries should open to learning that even liturgical worship has a missionary character.

COMMUNITY

The Lay Missionaries will live together in the Mission's community house. They will work in the community that exists in the Mission and pray in the worshipping community of both the Mission and the St Silouan parish. They will have their own community of formation and learning and participate in the learning community of the parish and the Mission.