The United Diocese of Down And Dromore


Train as a Diocesan Reader or Evangelist

Train as a Diocesan Reader or Evangelist

The diocese runs training programmes for both Diocesan Readers and Diocesan Evangelists. 

Diocesan Lay Readers 

Applications are open for the 2019–2021 Diocesan Readers Training Course and you’ll find everything you need to know about the selection process and the course in the brochure which is downloadable here.

Diocesan Lay Readers have a significant voluntary role in assisting the ministry of the church. They are authorised by the Bishop to preach, teach, lead worship and engage in pastoral work, not just in their own parish but in other churches throughout the diocese.

As the role of a Reader in teaching and leading is significant, potential Readers are given training in Biblical studies, theology, ministry and preaching over a two year period before they are commissioned.

Applicants must have the endorsement of their rector so please discuss it with them at the outset.


The total cost for the course is £1,650. The diocese pays one third of the amount with the remaining two–thirds shared by agreement between the sending parish and the candidate. This sum can be paid in installments. Applicants approved to omit elements of the training will have the costs reduced accordingly.

The cost includes all the teaching, materials and any accommodation and food required during study days but does not cover travel expenses.

Contact for more details.

Diocesan Evangelists 

Down and Dromore is a missional diocese and we welcome workers for a new harvest! We train our evangelists through a 2 year distance learning based course. It is accredited by St John’s College, Nottingham, and runs in collaboration with New Wine Ireland. 

This exciting course is open to adults of any age within the diocese who have a desire to share the gospel but it is best suited to those who are currently involved as workers or volunteers in some form of outreach ministry.


Applications are not currently open but please chat to your rector if you sense a calling to be an evangelist. The contact person in the diocese is the Diocesan Development Officer, Andrew Brannigan (


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