Working as a team
15 October 2019 IN: Parish News
Authorised Lay Ministers play such an important role in the life of the Church. Since the ALM scheme was set up ten years ago, more than 300 people have been trained for work as ALMs within an agreed local context ranging from worship, prayer and pastoral care, to children’s work, youth work and parish administration.
Authorised Lay Ministers are nominated by their incumbent and PCC to be trained, nurtured and equipped in a chosen area of ministry 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.
Hundreds gathered at the cathedral in September to support our ALMs as they were commissioned and re-commissioned by Bishop David. Among them were the first four to complete the new eco elective.
2020 is a fallow year for ALM training with no training taking place. It’s an opportunity to stop and listen to God as we discern a new vision for the future.