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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.


What is an LLM?

As the title says, LLMs combine being licensed, Lay and Ministers of the Anglican church.  ​A more detailed explanation of this can be found in the Vision document

Carole Gasson













                    Many LLMs work in chaplaincy - Carole Gasson is a Scout Chaplain.


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 ​Procedure for LLM (Reader) Training'. There are also some useful contacts in the back of these guidelines, and on our Contacts page.

Selection procedure for LLM's

Information about the selection procedure for LLM (Reader) training in the Diocese of Guildford
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Matthew 13:31

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