Lay members play a hugely important role in the life of the Church and we want to support them to develop their gifts and talents. Whether you lead groups for children and young people, have a role on your PCC or preach and lead the worship, there is training to help you discern your gifts and support you to be the best you can be.
Our Foundations for Ministry course is a useful first step to help you find and grow in the ministry to which God is calling you. It is suitable for anyone who wants to serve God in the church and in the world.
Many people who do the Foundations for Ministry course go on to become Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs). ALMs share in the public ministry of 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 such as administration, children's or youth ministry, community, mission, worship, prayer and spirituality.
See our short video below introducing these two courses.
Readers are lay men and women, from a wide diversity of occupations and backgrounds, who work in a variety of situations - in parishes, schools, prisons, hospitals, hospices, with children and young people, the elderly, housebound and bereaved, and with those preparing for baptism, confirmation and marriage. Readers are authorised by the Church of England to preach and teach, to conduct or assist in conducting worship, and to assist in the pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work of the Church where they are licensed.