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


Reader and Lay Ministry 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. 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.

Living Faith 

Living Faith is a discipleship course tailored for anyone wishing to learn more about Christianity or ideal preparation for theological and vocational training.

Certificate for Lay Worship Leaders

A Certificate course that could help you rethink and relaunch congregational worship, 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; ideal for church musicians who are regularly involved in choosing music for worship, or leading parts of a service from a worship band. It can also be helpful for Churchwardens who may find themselves required to lead worship in a multi-benefice. Come and find out more to be encouraged and enthused.

Revd Helen Bent will oversee the course, formally Worship and Music Adviser for Sheffield Diocese, and more recently Head of Ministerial Training for the RSCM, Helen brings a wealth of experience in training worship leaders, ordained and lay, together with a passion for mission and church growth.

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

As you start in September, you will asked to complete the Living Faith module LF1 – Introduction to the Bible, delivered online and completed in your own time. Tutorial support will be available.


To explore further and to get an idea of the programme for this coming year, click on the links below: 

Certificate for Lay Worship Leaders - Application Form

Certificate for Lay Worship Leaders - Programme 2023-2024


To find out more about the course please contact Lesley-Anne Marriott.


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