Local ordained ministers (LOMs) are ministers of word and sacrament ordained by a presbytery for ministry in a particular parish.
Local ordained ministry (LOM) was introduced in 2002 as one of four strands of ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. The first local ordained ministers were ordained in 2004. Some basic characteristics of the LOM strand of ministry include:
- A person becoming a local ordained minister from within the parish is likely to have already been ordained as an elder.
- LOMs have the same responsibilities and standing as nationally ordained ministers (NOMs) and may be called on to exercise the same duties in the presbytery or the wider church, including ministerial membership of presbytery, moderation of the session/parish council and administration of the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism.
- LOMs are not available for a call to another parish without going through National Assessment and being trained for national ordained ministry (NOM). Some LOMs choose to follow this path and become NOMs.
The local ordained ministry regulatory framework in the Book of Order Ministry Regulations and Student Regulations helps ensure that the presbytery and parish are clear about their needs, that people are chosen, trained and supported well, and that responsibility towards the wider church through the presbytery is exercised.
More information about local ordained ministry, and the process towards ordination, is available in the LOM Handbook.