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Here you can find a selection of articles, reviews and content based on the three strands of Licensed Lay Ministry: Teaching the Faith, Leading in Church and Society, and Enabling Mission. You will also find information about Transforming Ministry magazine, as well as book reviews and future events.
Teaching the Faith

Readers as teachers of the faith

Paula Gooder is a British theologian and Reader, who specialises in the New Testament She is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. Paula has previously taught at two theological colleges, Ripon College Cuddesdon and The Queen’s Foundation, served as Theologian

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Leading in Church and Society

Second chair leadership

In this article, Tim Harle describes recent developments around second chair leadership. It is written as much for those occupying the ‘first chair’ as for those in the second chair, which Readers might be expected to occupy. Click here to

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Teaching the Faith

Psalms for all ages

The Psalms speak deeply to people who have known them all their lives, but how can we enable children and young people to become familiar with this treasure trove of prayer? Rona Orme has some suggestions. Click here to read

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Teaching the Faith

Encouraging ways of praying

Not everyone finds prayer easy. Perhaps that is because not everyone understands how many different ways there are to pray. Gertrud Sollars has some advice for helping others to grow in prayer. Read the full article here.

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What are the of Licensed Lay Ministry?

Strand One

Teaching the Faith

The teacher of the Christian faith is facilitating a process which leads the learner (disciple) to the point of seeing the whole world as God sees it. This is about bringing out the colour, the richness, and the texture such that we can truly appreciate the “fulness of life” which Jesus came to bring.

Teaching the Faith
Enabling Mission
Strand tWO

Enabling Mission

The calling of every local church is to form and build, sustain and support men and women of influence whose task is nothing less than reshaping and transforming the world. And Readers and Lay Ministers are uniquely placed to enable this work.

Strand tHREE

Leading in Church and Society

Teaching the faith and enabling mission in the everyday are key aspects of leading God’s church. Together they shape individuals and communities. Many Readers and Lay Ministers also exercise leadership in society as well as church - leadership roles come in many different shapes and sizes.

Leading in

Book Reviews

Book Review: Resourcing Sunday to Saturday Faith

Bishop Martyn, Bishop of Leicester, has authored this excellent and visionary booklet, outlining the vision for Licensed Lay Ministry in the future. It focuses on the three strands of Teaching the Faith, Enabling Mission and Leading in Church and Society.

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Lent Books: Saying Yes to Life

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020 Genesis chapter 1, the first of the Bible’s creation narratives, provides the structure for this important book – a wide-ranging guide to environmental concerns for Christians, and a challenge to the world-wide church.

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Transforming Ministry magazine

Transforming Ministry is the Central Reader Council’s quarterly magazine (formerly called ‘The Reader’). 

Articles

Transforming Ministry magazine includes articles on a theme for the issues authored by LLMs and lay and ordained theologians.

Updates

There are also updates on the renewal of Licensed Lay Ministry across England and Wales, and articles written by LLMs about their ministry in their churches and communities.

This publication is highly recommended for all LLMs, Readers and others involved in lay ministry. To find out more please visit our dedicated magazine site. 

A range of Reader badges are available to buy from our online store

Increasingly we need to recognise that since the goal is to prepare people for whole life discipleship, then the whole of life can be a context for learning

Rt Revd Martyn Snow (Bishop of Leicester)