Local Preachers and Worship Leaders
Local Preachers have been an integral and important part of the Methodist Church from its earliest days. A Local Preacher is a lay person who has received training and has been authorised by the Methodist Connexion to conduct acts of worship on a regular basis.
Many Churches also appoint Worship Leaders. They assist the preacher or minister and can lead all aspects of a worship service except the Sermon or Holy Communion.
In the Borders Mission Circuit there are around 30 Local Preachers, some of whom have given over 50 years service to the Church, together with others undergoing training.