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

New Trustees for Workplace Chaplaincy Ministry
14 March 2018
New Trustees for Workplace Chaplaincy Ministry CIGB is inviting applications for new Trustees from Christians who have experience of working in business, the public or voluntary sector.
Reader Licensing 2018 in Birmingham Cathedral
3 February 2018
Reader Licensing 2018 in Birmingham Cathedral 14 readers were licensed by Bishop Anne on 3rd February 2018.
Catherine Grylls New Warden of Readers
20 July 2017
Catherine Grylls New Warden of Readers Revd Canon Catherine Grylls has been appointed as our new Warden of Readers.
Readers share their stories
24 February 2016
Readers share their stories Readers—Bishop's licensed lay ministers for leading worship, preaching, evangelism, chaplaincy and pastoral work—continue to contribute richly to our part in God's mission in Church of England - Birmingham.
Licensing of new readers
21 January 2014
Licensing of new readers On Saturday 18 January at Birmingham Cathedral, 16 new Readers were licensed to offer a lay ministry of preaching, teaching, and leading worship in their places of worship and their communities around the diocese.