Exploring Reader Ministry
We are delighted that six new Readers were licensed in July 2019, and six in 2018.
What is a Reader? is a leaflet for anyone exploring Reader ministry in our Diocese. To download this leaflet click here.
Changes to lay ministry training have recently been approved by the Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod, which also includes a change to Reader training. This means that Reader training will now be 2 years instead of 3. Prior to the 2 year Reader training candidates will need to complete a 1 year prerequisite course (although exceptions can be made on the grounds of prior theological education, significant prior ministerial experience, or age).
There are 2 new 1 year courses, 1 on pioneer mission (reaching new people with the gospel in new ways involving new worshipping communities) and “Foundations” which is for those looking to minister within inherited forms of church. The latter gives options of focusing on either, teaching the faith or pastoral and community care or mission and evangelism. The pioneer course will be taught in group sessions in local areas around the diocese. “Foundations” will be predominantly taught online and can therefore be accessed at the student’s convenience, with 4 gathered evening sessions across the year.
Both these courses are standalone courses leading to commissioned lay ministry in the local benefice as well as acting as prerequisite courses for Reader ministry. Further information can be found on the diocesan website:
Watch this short video in which a Reader from Blackburn Diocese talks about her calling.