What is Lay Ministry?

Church commissions lay ministers for the first time

Thirty-seven people from across Sussex were commissioned at a special service in Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 13 January, the first time the event had been held.

The candidates, from Anglican churches in the diocese of Chichester, form the largest group ever to be recognised for the completion of their studies - the culmination of skills-based training for Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM).

Authorised Lay Ministers share in the public ministry of the local church, as they serve their local parishes. ALM ministry takes many different forms depending upon the parish base, but in general ALMs lead, establish or work within a team of people working in an area of ministry and they also work to encourage and develop the gifts of others.

The Revd Jayne Prestwood, Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry, runs the lay ministry training programme. She said: “It is wonderful to mark the start of our Diocesan Year of Vocation by commissioning the first of our Authorised Lay Ministers.

“Authorised Lay Ministry is now recognised across the Church of England as a vibrant and growing expression of lay ministry. I am delighted that we will be expanding our ALM training programme in 2019 to provide flexible and affordable skills-based training in a variety of different ministries."

You can find out more about training for Authorised Lay Ministry from the Diocese of Chichester website here: https://www.chichester.anglican.org/Authorised-La...

The Diocese of Chichester serves the two English counties of East and West Sussex and the new city of Brighton and Hove.

Here, at Holy Cross, Phil Parsons now serves as Lay Minister with responsibility for Children's ministry.