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Selection & Training

Are you interested in Training for Reader ministry? Please download this summary of selection criteria to find out more, or contact Ian Crockford, Initial Training Secretary. Please note that applications need the support of your Parochial Church Council or Chaplaincy Committee and should be made by March 31st each year. If you have any queries we will do our best to help you.

For further reading we can recommend:

Reader Ministry Explored by Cathy Rowling and Paula Gooder

Financial Support for in Service Reader Training

The Birmingham Readers’ Association is pleased to offer financial support to Readers wishing to develop their ministry. This support might be used by Readers at any stage in their ministry. Recently-licensed Readers engaged on the NEXT programme might wish to seek assistance with the cost of enrolling on the Introduction to Theology, or other courses, as well as the purchase of books, for example. The Association is happy to take a broad view of training. The key requirement is that it should have the potential to aid the Reader’s development and ministry. It is expected that those seeking funding will first approach the PCC of their own church for support. In seeking support from the Readers’ Association applicants should provide:

The Readers' Association would expect to match the contribution from the Reader’s church, (except where parish finances are very limited). In any case grants are offered to each Reader up to a maximum of £250 over a 10 year period. It would normally be expected that requests for support would only be made where the total cost is of the training is more than £20 but the association would not wish Readers to miss out on opportunities when a small contribution is critical.

During an interregnum a letter of support from the Church Wardens or the Area Dean would be appropriate.

Applications should be made to Martin Stephenson, Warden of Readers, or Mike Lynch, Secretary of the Birmingham Readers Association.

The Association will do all that it can to support requests on merit, subject to financial and budgetary constraints. Decisions about support will normally be made at the next meeting of the Readers' Association Executive Committee, but an earlier decision may be possible.

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