The responsibility for running local and area Quaker meetings is held by their members. These pages offer information about the roles, and advice and support to the role-holders.


All members are part of the clergy and have the clergy's responsibility for the maintenance of the meeting as a community.

- Quaker faith & practice 11.01


The Quaker faith can sometimes appear to outsiders as a do it yourself religion. There are no paid ministers or clergy in Quaker meetings. The work of the meetings is carried out by Quaker Attenders and Members. This is done on a voluntary basis in most cases and is considered by Friends as ministry in the form of service.

Quaker roles

Here is our guidance and support for:

Patterns and examples role-holder gatherings

Patterns and Examples events are online gatherings for anyone with a role or responsibility within a Quaker community. Each one will be an opportunity to meet Friends, make friends, share ideas and worries, develop your skills and build our Quaker communities.

We are holding four 2-hour events in Autumn 2020:

Week 1

  • Tuesday 29 September 10am to 12noon
  • Thursday, 1 October 2pm to 4pm

Week 2

  • Tuesday, 6 October 10am to 12noon
  • Thursday, 8 October 7pm to 9pm

Sessions in week 1 will be repeated in week 2 allowing the opportunity to participate in up to four of the six workshops on offer.

For more information contact:

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Outreach
  • Quaker community, pastoral and spiritual care
  • Blended MfW(fB), decision-making, discernment. How do we do it now?
  • Quaker questions from an intergenerational perspective
  • Storytelling as a theological reflection
  • Mental health

Book online:

Read about patterns and examples events in the blog written following the gathering in Edinburgh in 2018.

Header image © Mike Pinches 2015

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