Authorised Lay Ministry
67 new Lay Ministers commissioned at Ely Cathedral on 20 September 2009
© Owen Spencer-Thomas
The Diocese of Ely recognises the importance of lay ministry by providing training both to Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) and, in more specialised areas of ministry, to Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs). There are now more than 200 ALMs in the Ely Diocese supporting the clergy and their local church.
The next Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) course begins in September 2012. If you are involved in a particular aspect of the life of your local church and want to improve your knowledge and confidence this could be for you. It is also a great way of meeting people from other churches and swapping ideas and experiences. Full details are available for downloading below or from your incumbent.
The one year programme offers training in eight specialist ministries – Administration, Children’s Ministry, Lay Pioneer Ministry (fresh expressions), Music Ministry, Pastoral Care, Social Awareness, Worship Leading and Youth Ministry.
These specialist modules are set in a wider programme running on five Saturdays throughout the year, which aim to help the formation and development of Local Ministry Teams and the faith and discipleship of individual students.
At the end of the course there will be a process of discussion and reflection with candidates, course leaders and incumbents to decide whether authorisation is the right way forward. If authorised, you will be commissioned in September 2013 at the Cathedral and will then exercise your ministry in a local ministry team under the leadership of your incumbent in your parish or group. Authorisation will be for a period of four years.
- ALM General Programme
- ALM Application Form
- ALM Administrators' leaflet
- ALM Children's leaflet
- ALM Lay Pioneers' leaflet
- ALM Music Minister's leaflet
- ALM Pastoral Assistants' leaflet
- ALM Social Awareness leaflet
- ALM Youth Ministry leaflet
- ALM Worship Leaders' leaflet