Reader training

Readers are lay ministers called and licenced by the Bishop to lead services, preach and attend to pastoral work arising from these ministries. To find out more about Readers see our Reader Ministry Page.

In order to carry out their varied ministries Readers need substantial theological and practical training. But above all, they need to grow in their own spiritual journey with God, becoming people of prayer and deep faith, with a self-awareness. For this reason, they have a rigorous and substantial training course.

Before becoming a Reader-in-Training, prospective Readers undertake a discernment process. Together with their parish priest, PCC and the Diocese they explore their calling to reader ministry and their particular God-given gifts.

Reader Training

Reader training in the diocese is in three parts:

  1. Theological: After the discernment and selection process is complete Readers-in-Training undertake a two year course at Sarum College in Salisbury.
  2. Formational: After theological training Readers are licensed and commence a further formation year. This year explores what it means to be a Reader and involves the development of key skills in their role as teachers of the faith, leaders in church and society and enablers of mission. Some sessions will be with curates.
  3. Practical: The practical aspects of reader ministry will take place in their in their local church. This ongoing experience develop further skills and spiritual growth. Learning for ministry never ceases and Reader then move onto the Learning and Development programme.

How long does it take to become a Reader?

It takes two years to training and reach licensing, followed by a one-year post-licensing course. However, Christian discipleship and development as well as service are ongoing and continue after the training. The courses and learning opportunities that are offered are to enabler Readers to grow in their knowledge and skills as well as equip and resource them for their ongoing ministry.

Considering Becoming a Reader?

Talk with your parish priest or contact the Diocesan Lay Ministries Team for an informal conversation.

Who to contact

Matthew Frankum, Vocations Team Leader

Sophie Moore, Resources and Programme Support

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