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Local Ministry Programme (LMP)

'minister locally - think globally'

The Process

Anyone who enters authorised ministry in the Church of England will embark on a guided journey of thinking through their vocation, and ultimately will go through a selection process. Those who successfully complete this process, whether for ordained or lay ministry, undergo a specified training programme.

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Exploring Vocations

Information and resources for individuals considering a sense of call
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The Course

The Local Ministry Programme for Guildford Diocese (LMP:G) is part of the Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry Team.  We train Licensed Lay Ministers - LLM(Readers) and Ordained Local Ministers (OLMs) for services in parishes around the Diocese.  This is done on a three year part-time course accredited by the Ministry Division of the Church of England and validated by Durham University.  The course is a blend of practical ministry related subjects and ongoing study.  The majority of students complete the course with a Diploma in Ministry Studies.

The training programme begins in September each year, and is based on three terms of about 11 weeks each.  The course is modular, usually covering one main module subject per term.  Behind this are 'formation for ministry' related subjects woven throughout the course.

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​Most sessions are held in a central Guildford venue on a Monday evening.  Session begin with corporate worship for the student cohorts at 7.30pm, and the teaching delivered between 8pm and 10pm.  In addition, there are two residential weekends per year, a four day Summer School (for ordinands) and three Saturday Study Days.

You are welcome to arrange to visit on a Monday evening, with no expectations of going any further.  We will give you some course information, then you can drop in on teaching sessions and have an opportunity to ask questions of students and tutors.  It is also possible to put you in touch with current and previous students who will be willing to share their experience of local training.

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Ongoing Studies

LMP also offers a BA (Hons) in Ministry Studies for an additional two years' study for those who have completed the Diploma.  For those who have a Diploma from another university, we can offer a Graduate Diploma in Ministry Studies over two years of study.  Please contact the Course Principal for more information steve.summers@cofeguildford.org.uk

Not quite ready?

As ​the Local Ministry Programme course is modular, we are able to provide opportunities for people to join us ​and complete a module without commitment. Modules, such as 'Introduction to the Bible' and 'Christian Discipleship', are ideal for developing discipleship, and ​are open to ‘auditing students’ - listeners - who wish to explore their faith and vocation without commitment. 


If you would like to take a module of the Local Ministry Programme please contact the Course Administrator:
Paulette Withycombe, paulette.withycombe@cofeguildford.org.uk, 01483 790351.


​Resources are available for those interested in learning more about and considering ministry. They cover a guide to the process in the Diocese of Guildford, guides to Licensed Lay Ministry, information on and the calendar of the Local Ministry Programme and information on Ordained Local Ministry.

The Staff

Contact the Course Principal or the Course Administrator for enquiries about the course and additional information:

Steve Summers staff Steve Summers

Principal of the Local Ministry Programme (LMP)


01483 790319

Paulette Withycombe Paulette Withycombe

Course Administrator and PA to the LMP Principal


01483 790351

Pippa Ross McCabe 1 Pippa Ross-McCabe

Director of Studies LMP and SCRTP Academic Registrar


01932 342374

Jo Winn-Smith - Oct 15 Jo Winn-Smith
David Neaum David Neaum

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Matthew 13:31

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