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Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre

50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield, S3 7RZ

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The course is designed to fit around busy lives and runs from September to July involving one Sunday a month and two Saturdays a year.

As I continue my journey I am extremely indebted to the training I am receiving at St Peter's College and would like to say thank you to all involved in providing it Carol - School of Ministry

Leading to…

This course prepares lay ministers for licensed service in the church as a Reader.

Further information

What is Lay Ministry?

The active involvement and leadership of lay people is critical to the Church which needs a rich diversity of ministers in order to serve the mission and ministry of the church and God calls those from all backgrounds and educational ability.  Those involved in lay ministry are leaders and enablers in their local church communities, who have recognised God’s grace and call in their lives and their gifts have been affirmed by their local church.

Commitment and requirements

Training to become a Licensed Lay Minister can take between two and four years and then an opportunity to study further for at least one more year.  This varies according to gifting and calling. It is part-time but can lead to an accredited award in Higher Education. The course runs September to July.


There are no academic pre-requisites but you must have completed the Foundations year and be referred by your church leader.

Course outline and qualification

Readers who study for three years will normally work towards a Certificate in Higher Education in Christian Ministry and Mission (180 credits).

Year 1 – see Foundations course outline

Year 2

Autumn - Foundations for Ministry & Mission in Context

Spring - Introduction to Preaching 

Summer -  Christian Discipleship

Year 3

Autumn  - Christian Worship: Principles and Practice, Introduction to Christian Ethics

Spring     - New Testament text study in context, Old Testament text study in context

Summer - Education for Learning Church, Developing Preaching         

Post authorisation studies for readers

This 1-year course will lead to a Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission (DipHE) part of the Common Awards Programme validated by the University of Durham.

Autumn  - Integrative Learning for Collaborative Practice, Selected Topic in Christian Doctrine

Spring     - Community Formation and Discipleship

Summer - Christian Discipleship and Ministry in a multi-faith context, Developing Theological Reflection

Key dates

First Sunday September

Final Sunday July


The course costs are £300 per year.

Next steps

The Diocese of Sheffield offers a ‘What next?’ open morning.  This offers a chance to ask questions and see which paths are available to you, along with guidance on what you may be suited to.  See the Events section of this site.

The first stage is to fill in an application form which needs references of support from your PCC and Incumbent.  These are available from the Diocesan Office.

Meet with the training team to discuss the next step including enrolment on to the Foundations for Ministry course.  For those selected there will be three induction sessions before the course formally starts in September.

To attend a ‘What Next?’ Open morning, or to obtain an application form for the Foundations for Ministry course contact:

Email icon  Trish Stafford, Training    phone icon 01709 309147



Key Locations 

Most sessions will take place at Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ

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