The United Diocese of Down And Dromore


Train as a Diocesan Reader

Train as a Diocesan Reader

Diocesan Lay Readers are men or women, old or young, from a wide variety of backgrounds who have a significant voluntary role in assisting the ministry of the church. They are authorised by the Bishop to preach, teach, lead worship and engage in pastoral work, not just in their own parish but in other churches throughout the diocese.

As the role of a Reader in teaching and leading is significant, potential Readers are given training in Biblical studies, theology, ministry and preaching over a two year period before they are commissioned.

If you think that God might be placing on you a calling to serve him more fully through a teaching and leadership role within the church, then a Diocesan Lay Reader role may be for you.

The Diocese currently has 22 people from a variety of backgrounds and ages training to be Diocesan Readers. They receive help from their parishes and the diocese in their study, which takes place alongside jobs and other commitments.

The total cost is £1,650 but it is usual for candidates to only pay one third of this amount.

Applications for the next intake (2017–2019) are due in December 2016.

Contact for more details.