As lay people, LLMs are well-placed to offer ministry outside of the traditional confines of church. As ministers, they serve the Church and its people.

Those called to the role of Licensed Lay Minister will normally undertake four years of academic and formational education and training. That will consist of two years of theological study (paid for by the student) followed by the St Edmund’s LLM training course, which consists of several Saturdays and evenings over two years. Licencing will happen in the middle of the LLM course.

How much does training cost?

The Diocese of London will cover the total cost of the St Edmunds LLM training course for all candidates who have been successful in the LLM discernment process and have previously completed the Christian studies course.

Students are required to complete several projects during the year focused on a particular area of interest and agreed with the course leader. These could be submitted in a variety of appropriate forms such as art, poetry, music, video, audio or traditional essay writing. They will also be expected to visit a church of a different tradition and engage in a presentation. Students will meet their personal tutor regularly for support during the course.

Course Entry Requirements

Next Steps

Take a look at our general information on Licensed Lay Ministry. 

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