Diocese of Manchester

A group of authorised lay ministers
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 a chosen area of ministry (see list of electives below) in preparation for being ‘commissioned’ by the Bishop to carry out a mutually agreed ministry role back within the local parish. In this way ALM is unlike other forms of ‘licensed’ ministry as ALMs are commissioned to work within a specifically agreed local context as part of their wider parish ministry team in serving, resourcing and encouraging all God’s people to carry out the diocesan vision to be a worshiping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community. 

ALM Ministry Electives

  • Children’s Ministry
  • Community
  • Ecology & Creation
  • Mission
  • Parish Administration
  • Pastoral Care
  • Prayer & Spirituality
  • Worship
  • Youth Work

Where can I get more information on the ALM course?

For further information and details on the course please see the General Course Information area at the bottom of this page.

How do I apply?

The ALM course will not be running in 2019/20 as we are having a designated Fallow Year. Applications will re-open for the 2020/21 course in summer 2020.

ALM proudly showing off her badge

Fallow Year 2020

2020 will mark the tenth anniversary of running the ALM scheme in the Diocese of Manchester. The original vision when the scheme started was to have 300 trained and deployed Authorised Lay Ministers. This figure will be fulfilled and surpassed by the end of 2019.

It feels like the right time to stop and listen to God as we discern a new vision for the future. By not having to intensively work the ground to produce another yearly ‘crop’ of ALMs, our hope is that the fallow year will give us all the time and space we need to be able to reflect, refresh and renew our vision so that we can prepare the fields for fertile future growth and fruitful harvesting. 

Find out more in the Fallow Year 2020 leaflet.

Jamie Mackenzie

Jamie Mackenzie

Head of Discipleship

Address: Church House,
90 Deansgate,
M3 2GH

Local Ministry support and training

More info

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400