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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 £220 per student per year. This is billed directly by the Peterborough Office to the parish or benefice annually.

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.

Click here for the course brochure and application form.

Lay Worship Leading (Short Course)

Is two modules of the Certificate in Lay Worship Leading course.

Click here for the course brochure and application form.



Bookings for both courses are now open!!

Two courses to help your church grow!

The 2014 research into church growth, From Anecdote to Evidence, found that two of the factors important in church growth are good quality lay leadership, and encouragement and support through specific discipleship courses.


  • Would you like to start a new family-friendly service?    
  • or a new Evening Service using traditional liturgy?
  • Do you need more lay people with some training in preparing and leading services?
  • Would you like to develop confidence in this area but cannot (at present) train as a Reader?                                                

 … then the Certificate in Lay Leading of Worship is the course for you!!

Click here for the course brochure and application form.


Small groups help churches to grow!

The Certificate in House Group leadership will enable people to lead small groups effectively and

Click here for the course brochure and application form.


For more information, contact:

Linnet Smith, Parish Training Officer

01604 887048

01604 887051

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Additional information for trainees.