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 have reported their training to be transforming, rewarding and fulfilling. 

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ALM Training
How to be trained as an ALM. 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.
Open ALM Training

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