LLM (Reader) Ministry
Welcome to the LLMs (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 (Readers) 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 here, and you can use the highlighted links down the right margin to navigate around the rest of the LLMs (Readers) pages.
Below, and on other pages in the LLM (Reader) Ministry section, we give some examples of the wide range of ministries engaged in by LLMs throughout the Guildford Diocese.
Di Manthorpe (pictured here on the left) is Honorary Lay Chaplain at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, where she is licensed to the Head of Pastoral Care, Rev. Judith Allford.
As part of her role she chairs the Organ Donation Committee, working with the Specialist Nurse (pictured on the right), the Clinical Lead Physician and others to increase awareness of Organ Donation as part of end of life care within the hospital.
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