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Reader Training

Is Reader ministry a possibility?

In the Church of England, preparation for Reader ministry is the responsibility of the Diocese. This is undertaken on behalf of the Dioceses of Blackburn and Carlisle by the LCTP, which is also responsible for training men and women for ordination. The training is normally two years and is determined by the diocese through selection. Normally, you would enter the process with a recommendation from the parish to the Warden of Readers.

Once recommended for training, the Church of England is committed to offering training, which is provided free.

Please note that, from September 2016, the LCTP will be known as Cumbria Christian Learning.


The Programme

Study with the LCTP involves a series of modules, each of which is normally delivered over a term through seven 2-hour local tutorials and a Saturday Day School. In addition to this, you will be required to attend one residential weekend per year. The programme, which is taken alongside those training for ordination, is designed so that at the end of the course and if agreed by the Bishop you will be licensed as a Reader and to enter public ministry. It includes the following elements:


Year 1

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


Year 2

  • Introduction to Doctrine
  • Foundation for Ministry and Worship in Context
    (this includes a placement in a contrasting parish)
  • Introduction to Pastoral Car


From Advent to Easter during your second year you will also undertake a placement at a different church from your own. This is designed to give you a different experience of church and ministry to enable you to learn and reflect upon mission and ministry today.


Resources and Other Help

For each module there is a site on our Visual Learning Environment (CAVLE) that sets out the content, provides some resources and explains the work that students are required to do and how the module is assessed. This may include essays, magazine articles, recordings of sermons, Bible studies etc.

The LCTP provides book boxes for all tutorials as well as access to Rydal Hall library.

To help you get started, there is an induction day for general information as well as a study skills day, in which we explore how to write assignments and conduct research.


Time Commitment

Learning takes time. Studying is hard work. Normally, we reckon that you would need to allow on average 8-12 hours per week for personal study. However, this may vary from week to week and will depend upon factors such as the speed at which you read.



Upon successful completion of the course you will normally receive a Certificate in Higher Education.


Want to Know More?

Contact: Tricia Turner (Administrator) on 01228 815405 or