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General Lay Courses


What is the General Lay Training Pathway?

The general lay training pathway opens up and offers wider access to all of our current lay training courses and comes out of our vision to see all lay people empowered, enable and equipped; not just those seeking authorisation or licensing through our existing programmes such as Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) and Licensed Reader Ministry.

ALM and Reader Ministry will still remain as distinct training pathways but all of the ministry training courses offered on the ALM pathway are also now open as stand-alone courses to any lay people wanting to develop their calling and gifting to Christian ministry and service.

What does the training involve?

All courses are around 12 sessions long and will run between April to July 2024. Delivery will be a mixture of online and in-person teaching at a variety of venues around the diocese.

There are currently eight courses available:

  • Children & Families
  • Community Outreach & Social Action
  • Ecology & Creation
  • Mission & Evangelism (Short Course)
  • Parish Admin, Finance & Governance
  • Prayer & Spirituality
  • Worship & Liturgy
  • Youth Work

For more details on each course please see the course prospectus below.

How can I apply?

Applications are now open for the 2024 courses. For further information and application forms please see below. All applications require a supportive recommendation from an appropriate parish representative.

Course Information

General Lay Training Course Prospectus 2024

General Lay Training Leaflet 2024

Application Form

General Lay Training Application Form 2024

Please note that the closing deadline for applications is Sunday 17 March, 2024.

Where can I get more information?

For more details on the courses please contact the Local Ministry Officer, Jamie Mackenzie.

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