Reader (Licensed Lay Minister LLM) Training

The majority of people training to be Reader start by taking the one year Journey in Faith Course. This is a great way to begin theological exploration and learning and at the same time think about what God might be calling us to be and to do. Towards the end of this course there is a process of discernment by local church and diocese. An application endorsed by the relevant PCC is followed by interviews. Those whose sense of call to Licensed Lay Ministry is upheld through these stages will be registered with All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry on their three year Reader training pathway. Licensing and therefore the commencement of LLM ministry takes place on successful completion of two years of the course. The third year is compulsory Continuing Ministerial Development.

The course is delivered through three modules every year (so very like JiF) over the three years. We work in partnership with those training for LLM ministry in the diocese of Derby and thus our groups have students from both dioceses and are co-tutored with one Derby and one Southwell & Nottingham tutor. Two modules are studied on 10 consecutive weeknight sessions, to date in Mansfield and the third is delivered over six weekend study days spread through the year – 3 Saturdays and 3 Sundays. Study days are located in Derby diocese, somewhere accessible for people travelling from both dioceses.

Assessment is, in the main, by written assignments. There are two pieces of work to be submitted for each module, so six in each year. Because work is accredited by a university body, the major difference between this course and Journey in Faith – apart from the level at which students work – is that deadlines for submission of work are fixed and firm. All students need access to a computer, as course material is posted online and assignments submitted this way.

This course allows the possibility of students who wish to do so to go on to study for a foundation degree. However, this is NOT mandatory. The course is focussed on solid, practical training for the ministry of preaching and leading worship, all the while connecting the worshipping life of the church with the world it finds itself in as well as offering the theological underpinning that ensures Readers minister with confidence and the diocese is confident in the LLM!

People discerning a call to LLM with prior qualifications in theology and ministry should seek a meeting with Alison Cox to discern how much credit can be given for their prior learning.

Key Contact: The Revd Alison Cox (Ministry Development Adviser)
Tel: 01636 817226
E-mail: alison.cox@southwell.anglican.org