Diocese of Manchester

    Reader Training

    Training for Reader ministry helps you design and lead worship more creatively, preach more effectively, and teach and share the Christian faith more confidently.

    Underlying these skills are three important foundations: First, you make connections between your life of faith and what happens in people’s lives, in the local community and in our world. Second, you learn more about the essence of our Christian beliefs and Anglican tradition. Third, you experience different kinds of worship and prayer to strengthen your own spirituality.

    Reader training takes place over 25 weekday evening sessions and six Sundays each year for two years. In addition, you would need to spend time in private study and train ‘on the job’, mainly in your home parish but also for a short period in a nearby parish.

    Carole Barnet, who has just finished her training, said, “The training has been a real source of spiritual strength as I studied both the Old and New Testaments and grappled with Christian doctrine, and Church history and the art of theological reflection.” Jane Hyde a new Reader, said, “We all brought different skills, viewpoints and gifts to be explored, celebrated and challenged. I feel that the course has affirmed and strengthened my sense of being called to ministry and Christian discipleship.”

    If you want to explore the possibility of Reader ministry, first have a word with your incumbent.

    Got any further questions on Reader training? Contact The Reader Training Officer.

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400