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Training to become a Reader

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The Reader training course is designed to equip you for ministry as a Reader, to deepen your theological knowledge, practical skills and spiritual maturity for the ministry to which God is calling you.

However, you do not need to have a theology degree or be a great academic! The course will stretch you but is designed to be practical as well as theoretical, open and accessible to all those fitted for Reader ministry.

The course lasts two years, with a further year of reflective practice training taking place after you are licensed. During training with the encouragement and direction of your incumbent, you will be given increasing opportunities for first-hand experience and participation in the activities for which you are training.

Initial Reader training is delivered by St Augustine’s College of Theology - staugustinescollege.ac.ukwho offer three possible modes of teaching:

  • Weekly evening sessions at Southwark
  • Weekly evening sessions at Malling Abbey
  • Teaching days at Malling Abbey

All students will also need to attend some Saturday study days a year. The third year of post licensing training takes place within the diocese.

For more information please contact Rebecca Young - :r.young@staugustinescollege.ac.uk

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