Lay Training Courses

Across the Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop our skills and gifts to serve God and all God's people within and beyond the Church. These range from one-off events to longer courses.

To register your interest in undertaking Licensed Lay Minister or commisisoned Lay Trianing pathways such as Lay Worship Leaders and Lay Pastoral Ministers please complete a Lay Ministry Enquiry Form and return it to carol.stenner [at]

More details of all of our current courses can be found on the Digital Learning Platform. 

For more information about Leeds School of Ministry please visit here

Courses 2021

Introduction to Theology Course

The Introduction to Theology is a 12 session course being led in different locations around the Diocese between September 2021 - July 2022.   
Ever wondered what theology means and how to study it? Need some guidance on how to dig a bit deeper? This introductory course may well be for you. Topics covered include: Understanding the Bible, study skills, your own faith journey and exploring prayer and worship. Whether you are just dipping your toe in the water or considering further training… why not join us?
Please click here for more information and to book your place, the course costs £80. 

You can undertake this course for your own theological development and/ or as the required first step before applying for LLM/ Reader training.
If you need any further information or would like to register your interest please contact: Jared Harries on jared.harries [at]


Lay Pastoral Ministry courses 

The Diocese of Leeds provides a program of Pastoral Ministry training across three levels: Pastoral Visitors (LPV), Pastoral Assistants (LPA) and Lay Pastoral Ministers (LPM). Each role is outlined in the document below along with a training overview and the levels of responsibility possible. 
Depending upon previous Diocesan training and experience, individuals may enter training at different levels. Those with little training or experience would begin at the Pastoral Visitor level. Have a chat with your incumbent and the Lay Training Team to help you figure out which is best for you.
For more information please click here or visit the DLP courses page here.
If you need any further information please contact Carol Stenner at: carol.stenner [at]


Lay Worship Leader course 

Lay Worship Leaders (LWLs) lead services in parishes and benefices, within a diocesan framework which includes authorisation, initial training, commissioning, further training and supervision. Potential LWLs are identified through shared discernment with their incumbent and PCC. This discernment takes place prior to enrolment on an LWL course, initiated by the incumbent or the potential LWL. LWLs are trained and authorised to lead acts of corporate worship as part of a wider team, including team-led services. Their ministry will vary according to context, gifts and experience.
LWL training is spread across three terms, usually split into eight weeks before Christmas, eight weeks after Christmas and six to eight weeks in the summer term.
For more information please click here or visit the DLP course page 
If you need any further information please contact Carol Stenner at: carol.stenner [at]

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