Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs) are lay people active in church life, who have been identified by their parish as having a particular gifting, vocation or calling to share in the team ministry of the local church.
ALMs are nominated by their incumbent and PCC to be trained, nurtured and equipped in preparation for being ‘commissioned’ by the Bishop to carry out a mutually agreed ministry role back within the local parish context. ALMs are expected to work collaboratively as part of the wider parish ministry team in serving, resourcing and encouraging all God’s people to carry out the vision and mission of God’s Church.
Apply by 31 October 2018 for the ALM course that starts in January 2019.
What does the training involve?
The ALM training course is broken down in to 3 parts that run each year from January to September:
Part 1: Core Module
Between January and Easter all candidates undertake an exciting and practical 8-week core course that explores and unpacks what ALM ministry is, what it means to be called to serve as a lay minster in the local church and how we can develop the skills required to make sure our ministries remain fruitful. During this time there will also be two additional training days focusing on the areas of safeguarding and collaborative ministry.
Part 2: Ministry Elective
From Easter to June candidates will do 8-12 weeks’ specialist training in their selected area of ministry. There are currently nine ministry electives available including; Children’s Ministry, Community, Ecology & Creation, Mission, Parish Administration, Pastoral Care, Prayer & Spirituality, Worship and Youth Ministry.
Part 3: Preparation & Commissioning
From July to September candidates are encouraged to engage with ongoing reflective practice whilst working alongside their incumbent to complete a role description that can be supported and approved by their PCC. In preparation for the September commissioning service there will also be a pre-commissioning quiet day.
Are there any assignments or written work?
The ALM course is open to people of all educational backgrounds. As such, there is a limited amount of written work with the materials focusing more on mutual discussion, reflective practice and practical life application. However, for those desiring to go a little deeper there are opportunities for further reading and development.
How much does the course cost?
All the costs of ALM training are met by the diocese but parishes are expected to support their candidates if help is required with travel expenses to and from training venues.
How can I be selected?
Authorised Lay Ministry is not solely about any one person’s desire to select or be selected. Any applications for ALM must be the expressed desire of the wider parish where a PCC, incumbent and individual can discern and respond to God’s call together. In this way ALM is unlike other forms of ‘licensed’ ministry. ALMs are nominated so that they can work collaboratively as part of the wider parish ministry teams where the need is greatest, where their gifts can be well used, and where their ministry fits within the wider vision/mission of the parish.
How do I apply?
Further information and details on how to apply can be found below or contact Jamie Mackenzie.