Authorised Lay Ministry - Children's Ministry

If you are involved in children’s work in your church, you might want to consider offering yourself for training as an Authorised Lay Minister (ALM) with a specialism in Children’s Ministry.

ALM ministry takes many different forms depending upon the parish base, but in general ALMs lead or establish a team of people working in an area of ministry and they also work to encourage and develop the gifts of others.

ALMs are ‘authorised’ by the Bishop to exercise a particular ministry within their local parish. They do not hold the Bishop’s license and their authorisation does not extend beyond the parish. The authorisation is for three years, renewable following a review by incumbent and PCC.

To serve as an ALM you will need to be nominated by your PCC. Candidates will be accepted for training only if it is clear that their proposed ministry will provide leadership of an existing team or that such a team will be developed during the course of training.

The ALM training programme lasts for one year, consisting of an induction day, two study Saturdays, one optional weekend residential retreat and three eight-week modules. The course involves a limited amount of written work/practical assignments to aid and deepen learning – but this is not ‘graded’ as such, and the course is open to people of all educational backgrounds.

The first module is a ‘core’ module exploring God’s call to ministry and developing a life of discipleship. To complete the other two modules as a Children’s Ministry specialism you must lead Level 1 and undertake Level 2 of the diocesan Bishop’s Certificate in Children’s Ministry together with two practical tasks in your parish or complete Level 3 of the Bishop’s Certificate.

Briefing for learning tasks; Briefing for worship tasks.

If you already have a Bishop’s Certificates in Children’s Ministry, to complete ALM training:

  • Those who already have Level 3 only need to undertake the ALM induction day, two study Saturdays, and the core module.
  • Those who have Level 1 plus Level 2 must undertake the ALM induction day, two study Saturdays, the core module, and two practical tasks.
  • Those who have Level 1 must undertake Level 2, the induction day, two study Saturdays, the core module, and two practical tasks.
  • Those who have Level 2 must lead a Level 1 series and undertake the induction day, two study Saturdays, the core module, and two practical tasks.

Click here for further information about the Authorised Lay Ministry course and for details on how to apply.

For information about the Children’s Ministry elements of the course, contact Karen Beal.