Licensed Lay Ministry
Teaching Session

At St Mellitus College we are committed to train and equip lay people to play their part in the ministry and mission of Christ’s church. We deliver Licensed Lay Ministry (LLM) training in partnership with the Dioceses of London and Chelmsford.

LLMs are trained for lay leadership within their local churches. It is envisaged that this often takes the form of educating and training other lay people in their ministries, but it can also include pastoral ministry, preaching and liturgical responsibilities.

The path to Licensed Lay Ministry is demanding but worthwhile. To join the LLM programme at St Mellitus College, students first go through a period of discernment and selection in their local churches and diocese. If selected for training, they usually study for three years at St Mellitus College.

In London, LLMs will study for a Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission. In Chelmsford, LLMs will study for a Certificate in Higher Education in Christian Ministry and Mission.

If you worship in the Diocese of Chelmsford and you are interested in this programme, you can find out more on the Chelmsford Diocese website.

If your church is in the Diocese of London, you can find out more about Licensed Lay Ministry on the London Diocese website.



Chelmsford Diocese

Click on the above title for information about Chelmsford Diocese Licensed Lay Ministry Curriculum.

London Diocese

Click on the above title for information about London Diocese Licensed Lay Ministry Curriculum.

Frequently asked questions

Where is the programme run?

Training sessions for London LLM candidates are normally held at St Mellitus College, London. Midweek sessions for Chelmsford LLM candidates are held on Thursday evenings at St Mellitus College, Chelmsford, with the Saturday training days held at a variety of locations. The Lay Development Adviser will supply you with the programme at the start of each academic year.

When is the programme run?

  • On both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the programme starts with dinner at 6.30pm and worship at 7pm.  Teaching starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.15pm
  • The times of the Saturday training days vary slightly but they are usually a full working day – for example 9am – 5pm. Chelmsford LLM candidates attend about 6 days a year, whilst London candidates attend just two or three but also attend one Teaching Week a year instead. Study week days (London LLMs only) are also run from 9am-5pm.

Who teaches the programme?

  • Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions are predominantly taught by our core or associate staff, with some external speakers who are leading Theologians and Practitioners in their fields.
  •  The Saturday training days are taught by a variety of experienced ministers from the dioceses, all of whom are particularly knowledgeable and experienced in their fields.

How much does it cost?

If you have further questions about the St Mellitus aspect of the LLM course, please contact

If you have questions about the LLM discernment process in London Diocese, please contact Dr Neil Evans, Director of Ministry for the Diocese of London at

If you have questions about the LLM discernment process in Chelmsford Diocese, please contact Rev Elizabeth Jordan, Lay Development Adviser for the Diocese of Chelmsford at

Is this programme available for international students?

We're sorry but we're currently unable to offer sponsorship for international students, therefore you would need to acquire a visa for the entirety of the course before applying.

How do I apply?

Please do not apply to St Mellitus College directly. In the first instance, have a conversation with a member of your local parish clergy, because your priest and Parochial Church Council will need to sponsor you for this ministry. This may involve a number of conversations, prayer and reflection, and they may also invite you to meet the Warden of Readers or LLMs. For Chelmsford candidates, please also register your interest with Revd Dr Elizabeth Jordan, the Lay Development Adviser, preferably before the beginning of May (contact details below). For both dioceses, after completing an application form you will be invited to attend a Discernment Day, run by the Diocese, which involves a number of interviews. If you are recommended for training as an LLM by the panel on the Discernment Day, your Diocese will let St Mellitus know and you will be invited to complete a St Mellitus application form so that we can register you as our student.