Diocesan Readers

Diocesan Lay Readers have a significant voluntary role in assisting the ministry of the church. Applications for the 2024–25 training course have closed. 

Diocesan Readers commissioned in 2023
Diocesan Readers commissioned in 2023

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. 

Click HERE to read what recently trained Diocesan Reader, Diane Ruddock, says about the course:

The course

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

The training is designed to cover all the key aspects of Reader ministry and to equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to effectively support the church.

The course begins in late November 2023 and finishes in February 2025, with successful candidates being commissioned by the bishop in May/June 2025. 

The total cost for the course 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. Before applying you should talk to your parish about financial support for this course.

If you sense a call to this role, please download the brochure to find out more. Please also speak to your rector before applying. 

Download the 2024–25 course brochure and application form here