Reader Ministry in the Bradford Diocese
There are about 130 Readers in the Bradford Diocese and they exercise a vital and important ministry. Readers do much more than preach and lead services; they are usually involved in other areas of parish life such as pastoral care or evangelism and by virtue of their training they are a valuable theological resource. Anyone interested in exploring Reader ministry should talk to their incumbent or minister in the first instance since trainee-Readers must be nominated by their incumbent and PCC.
After selection the training is normally three years although if someone has previous relevant studies which can be taken into account this may be shortened. Bradford Diocese uses a Foundation Degree in Theology and Ministry for the academic aspect of training and details of this can be seen here.
In addition, Trainee Readers are required to attend an annual residential weekend at Parcevall Hall plus two Quiet Days each year.
Trainee Readers are also enrolled on our Sermon Assessment Programme by which we endeavour to give encouragement and feedback on the preaching.
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