2023 COURSES NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION!
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 lay leadership, i.e. those called to work collaboratively alongside their incumbent and wider ministry teams with a distinct focus on growing, nurturing and serving the wider parish community.
ALMs are nominated by their incumbent and PCC for training in line with their parish Mission Action Plan (MAP) and diocesan selection criteria. Once trained they are authorised by the Bishop of Manchester to carry out a mutually agreed ministry role back within their local parish context. An ALMs authorisation lasts for three years after which time it can be reviewed, updated and renewed.
WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INVOLVE?
ALM training begins each January with an 8-session Core Leadership Module followed by a 12-session Ministry Training Elective. There are currently eleven electives available. For further information on the training and what each course covers please see the ALM Course Prospectus 2023.
Children & Families
Community Outreach & Social Action
Digital Church & Online Media
Ecology & Creation
Mission & Evangelism - new course curriculum
Parish Admin, Finance & Governance
Pastoral Outreach & Listening
Prayer & Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
New - Urban & Estates
Youth Work (plus specialism)
IS BEING AN ALM THE ONLY WAY TO ACCESS LAY MINISTRY TRAINING?
All of the Ministry Training electives offered on the ALM programme are also open as stand-alone courses to any lay people wanting to develop their call and gifting to Christian ministry and service. For more information on this please see our section on General Lay Courses.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications are now open for the 2023 ALM courses. Please find more details below.
For general enquiries and application forms please contact Local Ministry Officer, Jamie Mackenzie, email@example.com
For more general information on Authorised Lay Ministry please see the details and links below, or contact the Local Ministry Officer in the Vocations Team.
ALM Handbook for Clergy and PCCs
YOUR ALM CHAPLAINS
Chaplains are available to provide spiritual care and pastoral support for our ALMs. For more information and contact details, click here.