Licensed Lay Ministry Training Course

Documents and information about the Diocesan Licensed Lay Ministry Training Course.

Course Documents

Below are some of the current Licensed Lay Ministry Training Course documents for the academic year 2021-22. 

They are mainly of interest to current staff and students, but give an indication of what happens on the course.

The training agreement:

Reporting Procedures:

  • National Criteria for Reader Selection and Formation

Dates for 2018-19:

N.B. Some dates still to be added and minor changes may be made.

  • Dates and outline timetable 2018-19
  • Dates and outline timetable 2018-19 – Year 2

Module information

NB You must check the current version on Moodle in case changes have been made recently.

Details of Formation for Ministry sessions:

This document gives dates and a rough indicatuion of content.

Tuesday Evening Worship


  • Reader Training Handbook 2018-19
  • Supervisors Handbook 2018-19

Course Staff

Charles Read BA, MPhil, PGCE is the Licensed Lay Ministry Training Coordinator and Deputy Warden of Readers. He is also Director of Liturgy and Worship with ERMC. Charles comes originally from Staffordshire and read Theology at Manchester University. He trained as a teacher and was Head of Religious Studies at Audenshaw High School. He trained to be a Licensed Lay Minister at the same time and served at Holy Trinity (Platt) in Manchester Diocese. Subsequently, he trained for ordination at St. John’s College, Nottingham while also researching for an MPhil in the early history of the Daily Office.  After curacies in Oldham and Urmston and a secondment to two rural parishes, he helped to set up the Broughton Team Ministry in Salford, becoming the first team vicar there. Concurrently, he was Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Theology at Regents College (the Elim Pentecostal training college) and taught occasionally on the Northern Ordination Course. In 1999 he became Lecturer in Liturgy and Doctrine at St. John’s College Durham where he taught Anglicans, Methodists and Roman Catholics. In 2007 he became Vice-Principal of the Norwich Ministry Course, moving to his present set of posts in 2013. Charles is a member of General Synod and the author of several Grove Booklets on aspects of worship. He has (nearly) finished a PhD on gender inclusive language in Common Worship and used to  chair the Diocesan Liturgy Committee. He likes hot chilli, cool 1960s TV programmes and would like to be an international conference speaker when he grows up. He is Associate Priest at St. Catherine’s Mile Cross.

The Staff Mentors

Each student has a staff mentor who is an experienced Licensed Lay Minister. Their role is to accompany the student in initial training and be the first point of contact for students. They work with the Deputy Warden and the incumbent / supervisor in providing support for those in training.

Our current mentors are:

  • Coryn Stanforth “My full time job is as a teacher in a Gorleston junior school where I also co-ordinate RE. I was admitted as a Reader in 2011 after three years of training. I have recently completed my BA in Christian Theology, including a dissertation considering the purpose of confirmation in the Church of England in the twenty first century. I am ministering as a Reader in the benefice of King’s Beck which consists of six villages between Aylsham and North Walsham. When I get some spare time I enjoy seeing my friends, walking, travelling (especially to Italy), cooking and reading.”
  • Jean Batchelor
  • Margaret Smith
  • Margaret Grey


The Teaching Staff

  • Nick Garrard
  • Jamie Worthington