Exploring Reader Ministry

Readers are often described as the ‘lay theologians’ of the Church. Readers proclaim the Gospel, lead worship, serve alongside parish clergy, work pastorally with their communities and minister in their home and work lives.

Readers are lay people who are theologically trained and licensed by the Bishop, and often have a particular passion for preaching and teaching the gospel in a variety of contexts.

People who are discerning a calling to Readership are now asked to  undertake the South West Ministry Training (SWMTC) Foundations in Christian Ministry course, which begins each September and runs over six sessions a year. This course enables participants to discern their calling with a group of others. See swmtc.org.uk for more details.

For candidates who feel a calling to Readership, a selection process for Reader training takes place towards the end of the Foundations in Christian Ministry year, and candidates are then required to do 2 years of further training with SWMTC.

If you would like to talk with a Vocations Adviser about a calling to Reader ministry, please contact Hannah. You are also encouraged to attend an Exploring Ministry day.

Visit http://www.readers.cofe.anglican.org for more information about Readership.

See http://vocation.churchofengland.org for information for anyone considering Ministry in the Church of England.

Vocations Development Officer

Revd Hannah Mears Email Hannah


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