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.
We are greatly encouraged that 29 new Lay Readers have been commissioned for Down and Dromore in 2018/19 and 12 more are in training.
Applications for the 2019–2021 Diocesan Readers Training Course have closed but you will find everything you need to know about the selection process and the course in the most recent brochure downloadable here.
To find out more please contact the Diocesan Development Officer, Andrew Brannigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.