Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs)

Authorised Lay Ministers (ALMs) are trained lay people, active in church life, who have a particular vocation, special interest or skill that can be an integral part of their church’s ministry. They are highly valued in the Diocese of Ely and have a crucial part in the success of the Diocesan Strategy.

ALMs are nominated by their incumbent and Parochial Church Council (PCC) to be trained and equipped in preparation for being ‘commissioned’ by the Bishop. After this service, they will carry out an agreed ministry role within their local parish context.

In the Diocese of Ely, there are over 250 men and women of all ages and churchmanship who have trained to become ALMs in their own churches. Most are now in active ministry, playing their part in the day-to-day life of their parish.

Many Authorised Lay Ministers have reported their training to become an ALM to be transforming, rewarding and fulfilling, and more about this can be found on the page linked below.


Click on the page(s) links below to find further information.

Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) Training

First published on: 11th April 2019

This page provides information on Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM) training, which is now offered as a rolling programme, with applications invited at any point in the year. This page explains in more detail about what is required and the next steps you might need to take.

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