Support for Readers

The Warden of Readers acts on behalf of the diocesan bishop in all matters relating to Reader ministry.

The Warden is assisted in this work by five area Sub-Wardens who have general oversight of the Readers in their geographical areas, offering guidance through individual conversations and interviews and by facilitating local meetings for mutual support.

A Reader’s training does not end when he or she is admitted to the Office of Reader. All Readers are expected to continue to develop as Christian ministers: growing in their personal spirituality, continuing to engage with scripture, reflecting theologically upon the issues of the day and developing their pastoral skills. To this end, Readers are encouraged to pursue a personal programme of ministerial development making use of the two annual central days for Readers (Bishop’s Day and Warden’s Day) and through a variety of appropriate courses, many of which are publicised on this websiteGrant aid is available to help Readers cover the costs of their continuing ministerial development.

Readers are expected to follow the Code of Ministerial Practice for Reader Ministry which states the clear and consistent guidelines, expected behaviours and standards of good practice for Readers and those supporting them in their parish settings across the diocese. The document below also gives details of the disciplinary and grievance processes that are available if problems arise and informal methods of dispute resolution have been unsuccessful.

The Warden is supported in the administration and development of Reader ministry by the Diocesan Readers’ Committee, which is made up of the Warden, the Sub-Wardens, the Secretary, Reader area representatives, a Continuing Ministerial Development Officer and a representative of the Training Team.