Welcome to the Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) pages of the Guildford Diocesan website. Our aim is to provide a useful reference tool for those who want to know about Licensed Lay Ministry as well as for LLMs who are looking for information and resources.
Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) are lay people who are trained and authorised to lead worship and preach in church; they also engage in pastoral work, outreach and service in their communities. They used to be called ‘Readers’ because at one time, one of their main functions was to read the lesson in church. The role, however, has evolved over the years, and today LLMs are active in church and well beyond its conventional boundaries. Being both lay – not ordained – and ministers, they bring something of the life of God’s kingdom into the world outside the church’s traditional sphere, while their experience and engagement with the community and world of work enrich their service within.
A more detailed explanation of what Licensed Lay Ministry is about can be found below and you can use the links down the left of the page to navigate around the rest of the LLMs (Readers) pages.
Across the Church of England, Licensed Lay Ministry has undergone significant changes and developments. These were discussed at the Annual General Meeting of the Central Readers' Council; a summary of this discussion can be found below.