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Training for Lay Ministry

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 upon completion. 

Current Lay Ministry students can login 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.

Reader and LLM training

Training for licensed lay ministry takes place on the Lay Ministry Course (LMC). This is a part-time programme of training over two years for Lay Ministers, three years for Readers. It involves a core foundation module, residential weekends, practical modules for each ministry, and taking Living Faith modules.

To learn more about lay ministry, visit the link below: 


Cost of the training to the parish is £220 per student per year. This is invoiced annually, and directly from the Peterborough Office to the student's parish or benefice Treasurer.

Certificate for Lay Worship Leaders

Running from September 2021 to July 2022, this new Certificate course will be timely as we rethink and relaunch congregational worship post-Covid.

The training will use a blended learning approach of Monday evening sessions online and practical Saturday morning sessions onsite, fifteen sessions in all spread across the year. 

This can be a great starting point for those setting out as Worship Leaders, or it can be a useful refresher for the more experienced. It is ideal for church musicians; it would be helpful for Churchwardens who may find themselves required to lead worship in a multi-benefice. 


To explore further click on the link below: 

Certificate for Lay Worship Leaders




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