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 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.

For a brochure giving further details of the Authorised Lay Ministry programme, please click here

For a printable pdf of the ALM brochure, please click here

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 the Ministry Department at the address below.

Rev Canon Linda Church

Head of Development

Ely Diocesan` Office

Barton Road




T: 01353 652733

Specialist modules

The specialisms currently available are as follows:

  • Children's minister
  • Baptism
  • Worship leader
  • Pioneer
  • Music minister
  • Social awareness

Coming soon:

  • Pastoral assistant
  • Ministry with older people
  • Funeral minister

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.