Diocesan Readers

Diocesan Lay Readers have a significant voluntary role in assisting the ministry of the church. 

Commissioning of Diocesan Readers
Commissioning of Diocesan Readers

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

Applications are now open for the 2022–23 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 speak to your rector first. 

Download the 2022–23 course brochure here