Welcome to this short module about relationships and spirituality: practical experiences of lay leadership

In this module we explore the understanding, knowledge and skills necessary to healthy relationships, including the spirituality of relational life. We also look at how effective lay leadership depends on effective relationship skills. We may take relationship skills for granted or imagine they only apply to our intimate and family relationships, but they are of much greater importance and application. We conclude the module by reflecting on some concrete examples of lay leadership in practice.

The aims of this module are to;

  1. The foundational importance of relationship education
  2. Identify the ways in which our attention to our relationships is an embodiment of an integrated spirituality
  3. Look at models of lay leadership
  4. Consider examples of lay leadership



Psalm 103: 8,10-14

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love….

He does not deal with us according to our sins,

Nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is his steadfast love for those who fear him,

As far as the east is from the west

So far he removes our transgressions from us.

As a Father has compassion for his children,

So the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”


Throughout this module you are invited to reflect on your own response to what you are encountering and what it means to you, especially in your journey in faith. You will therefore need a notebook or journal to record your thoughts as you progress through the following pages and complete the reflective activities provided.

Before you begin please complete this short preliminary evaluation form.

If you enjoy this module please do look at the five other short courses in this series In Service of Marriage and Relationships: a course for equipping and resourcing lay people.