Readers minister in a variety of different situations from parish to workplace chaplaincy, and bring an extraordinary range of gifts into ministry: preaching the Gospel in worship, leading study groups, assisting in pastoral ministry, connecting a world of work and social need with our worship, drawing on insights from daily life and many realms of experience.

Over 250 Readers are licensed by the Bishop in our Diocese for a ministry of preaching and teaching in a pastoral context. We are keen to develop Reader ministry among all age groups and with people from as broad an experience of life as is truly representative of Birmingham and the surrounding region.

Have a look at our videos on the right to hear the stories of two Readers in our Diocese, Val and David.

Selection Process and Training

If you're interested in exploring 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.

Grants for further training

The Birmingham Readers’ Association is pleased to offer financial support to Readers wishing to pursue further study and training to develop their ministry. Have a look at our Useful Links and Resources to find out more. 

Reader News & Events

A Celebration of Reader Ministry 21 July 2019 A Celebration of Reader Ministry

50th Anniversary of Women being Admitted and Licensed as Readers

Readers as teachers of the faith
3 July 2019
Readers as teachers of the faith ​It was on 7th May 1969 that Canon Law in the Church of England was changed to make it clear that women and men could be admitted and licensed as Readers.
Funeral Training Day 2019 29 June 2019 Funeral Training Day 2019

This is required training for licensed Readers who wish to conduct funerals

What do we mean by mission? Engaging with the missional role of Readers 6 April 2019 What do we mean by mission? Engaging with the missional role of Readers

Readers are called to serve the Church of God and to work together with clergy and other ministers

Celebrating Reader Ministry
2 April 2019
Celebrating Reader Ministry ​Saturday 2 March dawned bright and fair in central Birmingham as eight new Readers were Admitted and Licensed by Bishop David at Birmingham Cathedral and more than 30 others renewed their commitment as Readers, some ...
​Reader Ministry – Reader Exploration Evening 29 January 2019 ​Reader Ministry – Reader Exploration Evening

Do you know someone whom you might encourage to explore Reader ministry