About the Central Readers' Council

What is the ?

Central Readers’ Council is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), working closely with the Ministry Division of the Church of England and its counterpart in the Church in Wales. We envision, enable and support potential Licensed Lay Ministers and the 8000 Licensed Lay Ministers in England and Wales to develop ministry relevant to their situations and to our times.

Our vision and values align with the first line of our constitution citing the aims of the CRC as:

Supporting the recruitment, training, education and development of Readers’

Our vision

“To resource Licensed Lay Ministers/Readers to enable everyday mission, teach the faith and contribute to leading in contemporary church and society”

Informing – good practice, new models (of teaching, mission and leadership)

Teaching – modules, publications, online books etc

Motivating – new ways of doing things, online learning

Our Values

How does the CRC

The CRC has Trustees and an Executive Committee which meet regularly to discuss current issues, and take action when required. There are also working groups which oversee: the magazine of the CRC, the website, communications, conferences and training.


In April 2019 Bishop Martyn, Chair of the CRC, wrote a booklet entitled ‘Sunday to Saturday faith’ setting out a new vision for LLM Ministry – teaching the faith, enabling mission and leading in church and society.  This is a key publication, outlining the future LLM  Ministry – exciting and inspiring.  Follow this link to read it online.

does the CRC do?

Who is involved in the Executive?

The Executive is chaired by Rt Revd Martyn Snow (Bishop of Leicester), with support from Gertrud Sollars (Vice-Chair) and Andrew Walker (Secretary). The wider Executive is attended by a number of members, pictured below. To get in touch with the Executive please use the details below, or alternatively visit the Contact page.

A good enabler of mission teaches everyday faith; models everyday prayer; encourages everyday witness and sustains everyday action

Rt Revd Martyn Snow (Bishop of Leicester)