Becoming an LLM

We are excited that you are considering your call, potentially to become a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader).

The Reader ministry is a very particular calling to a non-sacramental ministry. For those called to sacramental ministry, there are a wide variety of forms of ministry to consider, and these should be discussed in the first place with the Diocesan Vocations Advisor.


The specific and unique quality of Reader Ministry is that it combines being Licensed, Lay and a Minister of the Anglican Church. You can find out why this combination is so important to us by reading our vision in ‘Licensed Lay Ministry – Vision’ (below)

Licensed Lay Ministry - Vision

LLM (Reader) ministry has a distinctive and significant place in the range of the ministries of the Church, representing a unique combination of the three elements of its title....
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You can read about the formal processes involved in presenting yourself as a candidate, and undertaking the necessary training and licensing in chapters 7 to 9 of the ‘LLM (Reader) Guidelines’ and in the document 'Selection process for LLM (Reader) Training'. There are also some useful contacts in the back of these guidelines, and on our Contacts page.

Diocesan LLM's Board

Contact details for the LLM's Board
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Selection procedure for LLM's

Information about the selection procedure for LLM (Reader) training in the Diocese of Guildford
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Training and Application

If you are interested in applying for the training to become a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) more information and the application forms are available here