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Lay ministry training

Courses are offered in the diocese to lay people training for ministries that are licensed by the bishop, or awarded a certificate by the bishop on completion. 

Current licensed lay ministry students can Log In for additional information using the box on the right. Their course dates are listed in the Events Calendar, also on the right (click on MORE EVENTS to see the full list).

Find out more about exploring a vocation to lay ministry on our Called to ministry page.


Lay Pastoral Minister, Licensed Evangelist and Reader training

Training for these licensed lay ministries takes place on the Lay Ministry Course (LMC). This is a part-time programme of training over two years for Lay Pastoral Ministers and Licensed Evangelists,  three years for Readers. It involves a core foundational module, specialist modules for each particular ministry and makes use of the Living Faith modules.

Follow this link to download a booklet about Training for Licensed Lay Ministry (pdf)

For more about the different licensed ministries, visit these pages on our website: 

Cost of the training to the parish is £200 per student per year. This is billed directly by the Peterborough Office to the PCC annually.


Free sessions

Creative Use of Resources 2017

First session starts 16th January

Taking place at Bouverie Court, 6 The Lakes, Bedford Road, Northampton NN4 7YD from 7.30-9.30pm

More information from Lesley-Anne Marriott lesley-anne.marriott@peterborough-diocese.org.uk  or  please click here to view the flyer.

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Certificate courses

Certificate in Children's Ministry

This one-year course is open to all who work with children. On successful completion of the training, students receive accreditation in the form of a certificate signed by the Bishop, presented by their parish priest.

Find out more about the Certificate in Children's Ministry.

Certificate in Lay Worship Leaders’ Ministry

A one-year course for lay people who are, or will be, involved in leading services in their parish or benefice. This will be at the invitation of their incumbent who will supervise their ministry. 

Find out more about the Certificate in Lay Worship Leaders’ Ministry

House Group Leader's Certificate

A one year course for lay people who are, or will be, leading house groups in their parish or benefice. The course gives some theological training and practical guidance for which accreditation is received.
Find out more about the House Group Leader's certificate

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