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Last updated 21st September 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

Core Module Dates 2021-2022

  • Autumn term: 27th September – 6th December 2021 (online)
  • Spring term: 10th January – 21st March 2022 (Preston, venue TBC)
  • Summer term: 25th April – 11th July 2022 (Lancaster or Blackpool, venue TBC)

You can download the full schedule of dates here.

Elective Module

We offer a range of elective modules focusing on training people for a variety of ministries. 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 Saturdays, or a combination of both. Each elective will normally be held once a year. We are running the following electives in 2021-2022:

  • Administration (new this year) – Autumn 2021
  • Mentoring (new this year) – Autumn 2021
  • Small Group Leadership – Spring 2022
  • Preaching – Summer 2022
  • Worship Leading – Spring 2022
  • Youth Ministry – Summer 2022
  • Children’s Ministry – Summer 2022
  • Pastoral Care – Summer 2022
  • Community Ministry (new this year) – Summer 2022
  • Elderly Care (new this year) - Summer 2022

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

Application deadlines

If you would like to join the Core Module in the Autumn term, or the Administration or Mentoring electives, you will need to submit your application form by Monday 23rd August 2021.

Applications for training that begins in the Spring term need to be received by Monday 6th December 2021.

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