The ministry of preaching
The ministry of preaching in the parish is primarily the responsibility of licensed ministers, lay and ordained. As the church grows and responds to the needs of mission and ministry, though, more and more people have become involved in the ministry of preaching, with the support of their clergy and congregations. The ministry of Authorised Local Preacher is a response to this need and an opportunity to invite more people to participate in the church's ministry.
The Authorised Local Preacher
Preaching has always been at the heart of the life of the church and a focus for its mission and ministry. The Bishops wish to be linked with those who share in the ministry of preaching and to offer encouragement and support by giving their authorisation for this ministry. The ministry of authorised local preacher is exercised under the responsibility of the incumbent who, with the congregation, will have discerned the gift that one of their own number has.
An ALP needs the support of their incumbent and PCC. Incumbents should download the ALP Application by clicking here. Once the form is completed electronically, the form is sent by the Incumbent to their Area Office by email, with the Confidential Declaration part of the form completed and the applicant should complete the online safeguarding course. Once the Bishop has sent a letter of authorisation the ALP is commissioned in an act of worship and may preach.
This authorisation lasts for three years. In that time the ALP should complete the Course in Christian Studies, or an equivalent course and attend four preaching workshops organised by the diocese.