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Last updated 11th March 2021

Authorised Lay Ministry


The Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) Pathway

ALM Training


The ALM training programme is designed to nurture and equip people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who bring a variety of gifts to the body of Christ. Our aim is to train people to minister and lead in their local context, who have a firm foundation of faith in Christ, expressed in daily life, and who are skilled in their specific areas of calling and gifting. This will be achieved through a core module, designed to nurture a pattern of life which expresses love for God and neighbour, along with elective modules which equip people with practical skills in specific ministry areas.

Core Module

This module aims to help individuals to develop a personal Rule of Life, and to see how this connects with the regular worship of the local church context. This outworking of discipleship in both the individual and community is vital to a firm foundation for ministry and leadership in the church. Much like the ‘core’ of the physical body needs to be strengthened in order for the whole body to be strong, this core module is designed to strengthen the whole body of Christ as individuals embrace spiritual formation and see how this connects to the worship of the local church. The Core Module will run three times a year over 10 evenings in a variety of locations around the Diocese to maximise participation for as many people as possible.

Download an outline of this course here

Spring and Summer Core Module dates

  • Spring term - 11th January - 22nd March, online
  • Summer term - 19th April - 5th July, Lancaster venue TBC

Elective Module

We will offer a range of elective modules focusing on training people for a variety of ministries, including Preaching, Leading Worship, Small Group Leadership, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry and Pastoral Care. In future years we will be developing other elective modules which may include Mentoring, the Ministry of Technology, and Administration. These modules will run over 6-8 sessions and will be shaped by the skills being taught, so may be held over a series of evenings or on a Saturday or a combination of both. Each elective will normally be held once a year. Click on the following links to find out more about what we are offering at the moment.

To book onto any of the elective modules please email


Each ALM candidate will be given a mentor to walk with them through their training who will help them to reflect upon their learning in both the Core and Elective modules. Mentors will meet candidates four times over the course of their training and will discuss the candidate’s reflections recorded in their learning diary.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for ALM candidates, you can find out more here and download an application form here.


Download an ALM application form here

If you would like to join the Core Module in the Spring term (which we recommend for those taking the Pastoral Care, Small Group Leadership, Children’s Ministry or Youth Ministry electives) or if you are applying to be an ALM Worship Leader, you will need to submit your application form by Monday 7th December 2020 to be able to complete your training in this academic year.


If you would like to have an informal conversation about ALM training please contact Amy White, our Lay Training Officer, on