Readers and Lay Licensed Ministers
Readers and other Lay Licensed Ministers (LLMs) are called to live out their Christian faith in a wide variety of contexts. Their primary ministry may be focused at home, in the local community, in their workplace, or any number of other social networks.
They often also hold a wide variety of responsibilities in churches and play a key part in the church’s mission and ministry. This often includes pastoral care, funeral ministry, preaching and teaching, and other leadership roles which they often shared with the incumbent.
St Padarn’s works closely with diocesan Directors of Ministry and Wardens of Readers, and is committed to help, support and resource Readers and other Lay Licensed Ministers to flourish in their ministries and professional development. In addition, we also work closely with the Central Readers Council of England and Wales (the CRC), and the Transforming Ministry initiative.
Transforming Ministry is a training project to encourage lifelong learning. After all learning and development doesn’t stop at licensing, we are all challenged to continue to learn and grow in our faith. Transforming Ministry provides support and training focused on 3 strands of lay licensed ministry:
- Teaching the Faith
- Leading in Church and Society
- Enabling Mission
To find out more about the resources and online resources available through Transforming Ministry click here
There is also a report which helps explain the 3 strands of licensed ministry in more detail entitled ‘Sunday to Saturday Faith’ and a copy of that can be found here:
Autumn 2020 Support Days
Through Autumn 2020, St Padarn’s partnered with each of the 6 dioceses of the Church in Wales to provide an event to highlight to Readers and other LLMs the resources offered by Transforming Ministry which was led by their training manager, Ruth Haldane. Each event also included a video recorded by Bishop Cherry, who is the bishop with portfolio for ministry across the national church.
Spring 2021 Support Days
In May 2021 St Padarn’s will be holding a further series of Support Days for Readers and LLMs right across Wales. These will be hosted by Bishop Cherry and present an opportunity for Readers/LLMs to discuss their ministries and vision for the future.
There will also be a keynote speaker, and opportunities for networking.
Please do check back for more details
National Conference 2021
This year’s National Conference will be held on the weekend of
Friday September 17th and Sunday September 19th.
The Conference will be hosted by Bishop and Readers/LLMs from all dioceses will be invited to attend, and there is no charge.
Please make a note of the dates in your diary. Further details of speakers and format etc. will be added in due course so do please check back for more details
Officers from the Diocese who are responsible for Readers/ Lay Licensed Ministers
|Bangor||Revd Pam Odam||
|St Asaph||Huw Butler||
|St David's||Ruth Evans||
|Swansea and Brecon||Justin Davies||