Welcome to Transforming Ministry

The website of the Central Readers’ Council



Welcome to the website of the Central Readers’ Council (CRC). The CRC supports lay ministers and their ministry in the Church of England and the Church in Wales. It was originally set up as an independent charity in 1922 to look after Readers, at that time the only recognised lay ministers in the Church in England. Today it supports lay ministry in its diverse forms, publishes Transforming Ministry magazine and provides a hub for ongoing learning.

Wardens and administrators of lay ministry in dioceses will also find support and information here.

Paying tribute to our Patron

Paying tribute to our Patron

We give thanks for the life and service of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, and for his support of Readers/LLMs in his role as Patron of CRC. We pray for...

IICSA report into Anglican Church published

IICSA report into Anglican Church published

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report on the Anglican Church, released 6 October 2020, makes an important contribution to the CofE Safeguarding debate.

Your Reflections: Sally Kerson

Your Reflections: Sally Kerson

Sally Kerson is an LLM in the benefice of Ampworth, Chilworth and North Baddesley in the Diocese of Winchester, she sent her reflections on these...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

The advice in this link is provided to assist local churches in their planning and decision-making during the coronavirus pandemic.

Joining CRC

If you are a Reader (LLM) in England or Wales you are automatically an associate member of CRC. We invite you to access the CMD materials on our Transforming Ministry: Learning page.

If you are not a Reader (LLM) you can become a subscription member here and choose from a range of options including the magazine. You can access our teaching modules here.

Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are the Central Readers Council CIO, registered charity no. 1182319. The CRC is a separate charity within the Ministry Division of the Church of England. Our website address is: https://transformingministry.co.uk.

Transforming Ministry magazine
Central Readers’ Council
Ministry Division
Church House
Great Smith Street

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use a contact form to help you contact us. The information you provide within the form will be used by us to communicate back to you. Your information is only held by us for the duration of the communication.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

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Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use analytics to help us know how many visitors have viewed our site. Other than knowing the browser agent, no other personally identifiable information is gathered.

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service but your data does not leave our possession. If you are a subscriber then your payment details will be securely stored with the payment gateway partner.

Your contact information

Your contact information is held by us for the duration of maintaining dialogue with you. Once this has concluded then your data is securely destroyed.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Every effort is taken to make sure your data is handled securely with us. We make sure our site is updated using the latest encryption and any data received from you is held safely on data centre servers.

What data breach procedures we have in place

If we suspect any data breach then we will endeavour to inform you within 24hrs of the discovery.