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Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre

50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield, S3 7RZ

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The course is designed to fit around busy lives and runs from July, when the induction porcess takes place to July the next year, involving one Sunday a month and two Saturdays a year.

As I continue my journey I am extremely indebted to the training I am receiving at St Peter's College and would like to say thank you to all involved in providing it  Carol - School of Ministry

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This course could be used as a foundation for lay ministry with the following roles (*for those marked this course is a pre-requisite:

Further information

What is Lay Ministry?

The active involvement and leadership of lay people is critical to the Church which needs a rich diversity of ministers in order to serve the mission and ministry of the church and God calls those from all backgrounds and educational ability.  Those involved in lay ministry are leaders and enablers in their local church communities, who have recognised God’s grace and call in their lives and their gifts have been affirmed by their local church.

Further training

If a specific vocation is identified candidates move on into training at the beginning of the academic year:

  • Readers - 2 more years then authorisation (with an optional 3rd year post authorisation)
  • Pastoral Workers - 1 more year then authorisation
  • Parish Evangelist - 1 more year then authorisation
  • Work Place Ministry - option to continue studies
  • Potential Ordinands, Church Army, Lay Pioneer Leaders, Worship Leaders, Youth and Children’s workers and Spiritual Accompaniers will be directed towards the relevant people and further training courses.

Commitment and requirements

Training to become a Licensed Lay Minister can take between two and four years and then an opportunity to study further for at least one more year.  This varies according to gifting and calling. It is part-time but can lead to an accredited award in Higher Education. The course runs September to July.  You will be required to complete 2 assignments per term (a combination of practical and written) and those for whom it is appropriate can go on to complete a University validated programme.


There are no academic prerequisites but you must be referred by your church leader and you will then go through a simple selection process.

Course outline 

Autumn Term -  Introduction to the Bible

Spring Term - Mission and Evangelism

Summer Term -  Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History

Saturday Sessions – Explore Your Call x 2 and Safeguarding for ministry  

Key dates

July - the induction process includes visiting the School of Ministry one Sunday in July and then two induction evenings

First Sunday September

Final Sunday July

Closing date for applications is Friday of the second week in May at 12 noon. 


See individual instance of this course below.

Next steps

The Diocese of Sheffield offers a ‘What next?’ open morning.  This offers a chance to ask questions and see which paths are available to you, along with guidance on what you may be suited to.  See the Events section of this site.

The first stage is to fill in an application form which needs references of support from your PCC and Incumbent.  These are available from the Diocesan Office.  The Closing date for receipt of applications this year is 12 noon on Friday 12th May 2017 

Meet with the training team to discuss the next step including enrolment on to the Foundations for Ministry course.  For those selected there will be three induction sessions in July before the course formally starts in September.

To attend a ‘What Next?’ Open morning, or to obtain an application form for the Foundations for Ministry course contact:

Email icon  Trish Stafford, Training    phone icon 01709 309147


Key locations 

Most sessions will take place at Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ

Course Instance Dates

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Register your interest for our 2018/19 course Closing Date 11th May 2018

Exploring Your Calling

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Course leader: Canon Dr Christine Gore

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