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Lay ministers in Guyana

Errol Inshanally, president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana, told The Lutheran that the 5,000-member denomination has a clergy shortage, largely due to emigration.

With five pastors and two ELCA missionaries serving 46 congregations, “it means we really have to use laypeople more,” he said. “Congregations are realizing they must raise their own leaders.”

The church has trained 20 lay ministers — 15 want to pursue diaconal ministry and five wish to pursue “full-time pastoral training.”


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