Authorised Lay Ministry


Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) in the Diocese of Ely began in 2005.

Since then over 250 men and women of all ages and churchmanship have trained to become ALMs in their own churches.

For these people, ALM has been a transforming, rewarding and fulfilling course to undertake and most are now in active ministry, playing their part in the day-to-day life of their parish.

ALM training

This is now offered as a rolling programme and applications are invited at any point in the year.

In addition to the specialist training, all potential ALMs have to complete the diocesan discipleship course and also undertake project work that is relevant to both their specialism and parish.

This can be discussed with the specialist coordinator and incumbent once accepted for training.

Further details about this programme of training and the application form can be downloaded here:

Those wishing to train to become an ALM or to participate solely in specialist training should complete the application form and return it to Mrs Jennie Woolston at the address below.

Mrs Jennie Woolston

Department of Ministry Administrator

Ely Diocese Office

Barton Road




T: 01353 652713

Specialist modules

As part of the commitment in the diocesan strategy to develop ordained and lay ministry, the specialist modules that form part of ALM training are now open to all lay people over 18 years of age who are regularly worshipping in a parish church.

The subjects and roles currently available are as follows:

  • Children's ministry
  • Communications
  • Lay chaplaincy in schools
  • Ministry to the elderly
  • Music minister
  • Parish administrator
  • Pastoral assistant
  • Social awareness
  • Worship leader
  • Youth minister

These training courses are ideal for those undertaking specialist roles in their parishes but for whom full ALM training is not possible or appropriate (for whatever reason) at this time.

There are three courses staring in the Autumn (2017); Baptism ALM, Pastoral Assistants and Worship4Today.

Anyone interested can get more details from Jennie.

There is also an option for individuals to become Lay Pioneers. Anyone interested in this ministry should contact the Department of Mission via the contact details above.

The courses will start in 2017 but the Department of Ministry is happy to receive applications at any time. Trainees will be assigned to a course as soon as one becomes available.