ALM Training


ALM Training 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 Growing as a Disciple 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. Download the full brochure by clicking here to recieve further details of the Authorised Lay Ministry programme.

Those wishing to train to become an ALM, or to participate solely in specialist training, should contact Revd Phil Marsh on [email protected].

Specialist training modules

The specialisms currently available are as follows:

  • Children's minister (see below for details of new course)
  • Ministry with the elderly 
  • Music minister
  • Pioneer
  • Pastoral assistant
  • Social awareness
  • Worship leader 
  • Baptism

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 also open to all lay people over 18 years of age who are regularly worshipping in a parish church.

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

We are happy to receive applications at any time, although the specialism training courses run at different times of the year, and in some instances, on a two-year cycle. Trainees will be assigned to a course as soon as one becomes available.

ALM Children’s Ministry Course

The ALM Children’s Ministry Course if offered in spring each year.

The training is open to all volunteers or employed children’s workers who work across the Diocese of Ely within the Church of England. Some individuals on the course will be looking to train as an ALM Children’s Minister, others may be already be an ALM and are undertaking it as a refresher.

You can find out more about this course and about working with children on the Children's Workers section of this website here


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