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 a Council of Reference 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?

  • Transforming Ministry

    The CRC produces a regular publication ‘Transforming Ministry’ – the magazine of the CRC. This excellent publication, sent to most LLMs, includes news, articles by members of the CRC, and theological articles following a theme for each issue. Many LLMs find this an excellent resource for information, learning and reflection. Click Here for more information about the magazine.

  • Grant Awarding

    The CRC administers a grant-awarding fund – the Adams-Myland fund. Application can be made to this fund by completing a form. Applicants must be licensed Readers and the request must be for post-licensing training at an accredited institution. To discover more use our contact form at the bottom of this page.

  • Conferences

    The CRC organises occasional conferences.

  • Blended Learning

    The CRC is producing blended learning modules – the first to be launched in autumn 2020 – to enhance and complement the training already provided through the diocese. For more information about blended learning and how to access the modules Click Here.

  • Book Reviews

    We have a large selection of book reviews, some of which are published in ‘Transforming Ministry’. Others are featured in our 'Spotlight On' page. To view all the available LLM book reviews, go to our Learning Portal.

Who is involved in the Board of Trustees and the Council of Reference?

The Board of Trustees is chaired by Rt Revd Martyn Snow (Bishop of Leicester), with support from Imogen Clout (Vice Chair) and Andrew Walker (Secretary). The wider Council of Reference is attended by a number of members, pictured below. To get in touch with the trustees 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)