In the Diocese of Bendigo there are three expressions of being a deacon or priest:
Stipendiary Ordained Ministry
This expression is the most common in the diocese and includes most parish-based stipendiary (paid) clergy.
It assumes that clergy in this category:
This expression of ordained ministry will aim to develop the life of the People of God in a parish context, for the service of God in the Church and wider community.
Ordained Local Ministry (OLM)
Ordained Local Ministry is seen primarily as an assisting ministry to stipendiary clergy. The experience so far has been of the bishop ‘tapping possible candidates on the shoulder’, or from a process of discernment where candidates are nominated by the local congregation.
The call here is a recognition of the ministerial leadership and qualities that the candidate has already demonstrated. OLM is arising in this diocese out of a situation that can best be described as ‘local church – locally grown’.
Ordained Pioneer Ministry (OPM)
The term Pioneer Ministry recognises the ministry of people who:
Qualities for those considering Ordained Pioneer Ministry include:
Several clergy and lay people are involved in specific chaplaincy ministry areas in hospitals, community liaison, with the police, and in the education and criminal justice systems within the diocese.
The Rev’d Canon Heather Marten
Ministry Development Officer