Tester reader training for IME

Tester reader training for IME

Reader Training

Are you thinking about Reader ministry?

Readers are lay people, called by God, trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in the Church’s pastoral and evangelistic outreach.

If you think you may be called to the Reader ministry, you should, in the first instance, talk to your Vicar or Priest-in-Charge. The Diocese has a process for selecting Reader candidates, and you would normally enter that process with a recommendation from your parish to the Warden of Readers.

Once you have been recommended for training, the Church of England is committed to offering this free of charge.


Training for Reader ministry


In Carlisle Diocese, the training of Readers is undertaken by Cumbria Christian Learning. The course normally takes two years of part-time study.

Each year, you will be studying three modules, i.e. one per term, which are normally delivered through seven local two-hour tutorials and a Saturday Day School. In addition to this, you will be required to attend one residential weekend each year.

You will be studying alongside those training for the ordained ministry, and the programme consists of the following modules:

Year 1

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Introduction to Preaching in the Contemporary World

for more information contact JAMES