Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers or LLMs) are lay people in the Church of England from all walks of life, who are called by God.

They are theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work. Some also exercise their ministry in their workplace or in a chaplaincy context such as a hospital or prison.

As lay people, trained in biblical and theological studies, Licensed Lay Ministers have their own particular contribution to make as part of the calling of the whole people of God to share in the mission of God in the world.

In the Diocese of Ely, lay people are also licensed as Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs). 

ALMs undertake training in a specific area of vocation and are parish based. You can find out more here.


Jennie Woolston

Ministry Administrator

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