Diocesan Readers

Diocesan Lay Readers have a significant voluntary role in assisting the ministry of the church. Applications are now open for the 2023–24 training course.

Diocesan Readers commissioned in 2022
Diocesan Readers commissioned in 2022

Diocesan Readers 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 by the numbers of new Lay Readers who have been commissioned for Down and Dromore but more are needed. 

The course

Over 15 months, potential Readers are given training in biblical studies, theology, ministry and preaching before they are commissioned. 

At present the total cost is £1,500. 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 instalments.

If you sense a call to this role, please find out more from the brochure (below) and speak to your rector before applying. 

Download the 2023–24 course brochure and application form here

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 14 October 2022