Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs) share in the public ministry of the local church, as they serve their local parishes. 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. Their authorisation does not extend beyond the parish into the wider diocese.
They do not hold the Bishop’s license and their authorisation is not transferable to
The ALM training programme will help prepare candidates to share ministry in these areas:
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 from January to July, consisting of an induction day, two study Saturdays, one weekend residential (optional) 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 costs of training for ALM ministry are met by the diocese. Those participants who wish to attend the optional retreat will be asked to meet the cost of this, but may claim a laity development grant to assist. Parishes are asked to support their candidates by helping with expenses such as those for travel to training venues.
Those who complete ALM training will attend an annual diocesan service of commissioning by a bishop. Authorisation will last for a period of three years and can be renewed following a review by the incumbent and PCC.
All ALMs will need to be CRB checked and undergo diocesan child protection training.
For details, contact Stephen Tranter.