Lay Training


Our lay training is designed to encourage lay people of all ages and backgrounds to both explore further what God may be calling them into and to begin to train as a lay minister in their context. It is flexible, adaptable to character and context: supporting an individual’s particular learning style and interests. The Pathway (ALTP) is a ‘light touch’, participant led approach which is supported by study days, evening twilight sessions and meetings with a personal mentor.  

If you are interested in any of these:

  • Joining in the Mission of the Church
  • Being more involved in ministry inside or outside the church building and community
  • Learning about how to lead worship, how the church cares for people, about being welcoming
  • Becoming more confident in hearing Gods’ call

Then this course is for you.

The structure of the ALT Pathway: 

ALTP begins with a one year commitment during which the participant will be given the chance to explore where they feel God may be calling them while developing their gifts and skills and learning about ministry.

During Year One of ALTP you’d be expected to:

  • Engage with the activities/reflections on a monthly work card, 
  • Attend three Saturday study days
  • Attend three evening twilight sessions. 
  • Work with a mentor with whom they will have an introductory first meeting, followed by four mentor sessions at three monthly intervals across the year. 
  • Keep a journal and complete a portfolio as part of the pathway process. 

To encourage a sense of community and further support, the participants are encouraged to form small groups with others engaged with the ALTP for prayer support and sign up to a private on-line group in order to share resources, stories and prayer

Those who wish to be considered for Authorised Lay Ministry (within the Church of England) or who wish to deepen and extend their skills can continue on the pathway for a second year. This is ALTP+. During this year, they will continue to work with a mentor but their training will be more focussed.

Year Two:

ALTP+ is an opportunity to go deeper and explore one type of ministry more specifically.  It is at this stage that the pathways might look more diverse as participants engage in more tailor-made training.  You would be expected to continue to work with your mentor and to be beginning to develop experience in ministry under the supervision (which may be delegated) of your local church leader.

There are 6 areas of ministry, participants will be encouraged to focus on one.

  • Worship
  • Pastoral
  • Pioneer
  • Children, Youth & Messy
  • FX Leadership
  • Chaplaincy

The documents you need for the ALT Pathway are available to download on the right.

Study days: There are three full study days (10.00am – 4.00pm) themed around Mission & Outreach, Pastoral Care & Ministry; and Worship. ​

Twilight sessions: there are three evening twilight sessions (6.30pm – 9.00pm) themed around Welcome & Hospitality, Christian Tradition and God for all. 

All sessions are held at at Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, CA11 7XR, unless otherwise stated. Lunch is provided on full study days and a meal is provided for the twilight sessions.

Dates sessions:

2020 – 2021

Full Study Days:

Saturday 7th November 2020 – Worship
Saturday 23rd January 2021 – Mission and Outreach
Saturday 3rd July 2021 – Pastoral Care and Ministry

Twilight evening sessions:

Tuesday 8th September 2020 – God For All
Thursday 18th March 2021 – Christian Tradition
Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Welcome and Hospitality

ALTP Documents

Please Note: Before an applicant can be accepted, their Sending Church or Mission Community Leader must also fill out an application form which is available for download above.

If there are a group of people in your area interested in participating on the ALTP course, please contact us to discuss the possibility of us running it in your location.

Finding out more: You should find all the information you require in the downloadable guides on this page, including the application form. For an informal chat about the ALTP please contact Allison Fenton on 07388 377474 or email