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2000 Years of Service (Article/Note/Report)
A short History of Reader Ministry. From the Apostolic Church, through revivals in 1561, and 1866 to today.
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A Vision for Good Practice in Reader/Preacher Training (Article/Note/Report)
The report of the Reader Task Group.
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Continuing Ministerial Education for Readers (Article/Note/Report)
The current status of CME for Readers, and recommendations for the way forward - a summary of the Central Readers' Council Working Party Report.
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CPAS (the Church Pastoral Aid Society) (Website)
CPAS is a route to leadership resources - books, courses and other material and resources.
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Mike's History of The Reader (Website)
A comprehensive history of Reader ministry, from the Early Church, through Elizabethan Readers to the Modern Reader and onwards.
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Reader Ministry (Booklist)
An introductory booklist for the study of Reader ministry
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Reader Upbeat (Article/Note/Report)
Report of the working group on review of Reader ministry, commissioned by the Archbishops' Council
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Resource & Refresh (Course Programmes)
A rolling programme of short residential events in April and September each year for resourcing and refreshing Readers.
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St John's Extension Studies (Course Programmes)
A range of courses established to make some of St John's wide range of teaching resources available to students unable to come to College for a full-time course.
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The Anglican Centre in Rome - Courses (Course Programmes)
The courses run by the Centre offer opportunities for meeting and dialogue through studying ecumenical theology in its many facets as students explore our common Christian heritage as displayed in this 'eternal city'. Many are particularly suited to Reader Ministry.
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The Developing Ministries of Christ in the Church - and the place of Reader ministry today (Article/Note/Report)
A revised form of the address given to the CRC AGM on 27th March 2004, discussing the place of Reader Ministry today.
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This is our Calling (Book)
This book was written to help those who believe that God is or may be calling them to serve him, whether in ministry, for a specific task, or through daily discipleship.
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What's in a name? The Reader (Audio/Video)
A look at the role of The Reader, historically, currently and possibly.
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A vision for good practice in Reader/Preacher training (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
The Hind Committee placed its review of ministerial education and formation of the clergy in the context of ‘the Church’s total provision for ministerial training, lay training and formal lay adult education’. The Reader Task Group was formed to explore further one part of that broader context. This is the report of the Reader Task Group. (2005-02-27)
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Bangor 2008 - Reader Ministry in Education (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Notes from the National Reader Conference Seminar on Reader Ministry in Education by Heidi Cartledge (2008-09-22)
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Bangor 2008 - Reader Ministry in the Armed Forces (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
The purpose of the Armed Forces Seminar on the Readers Conference was to convey the varying situations that Armed Forces personnel can find themselves in of which Readers can be one. (2008-09-19)
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Biblical Symposium Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-14)
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Central Readers' Council AGM 2011 - Session 1: Strategy and Vision (From Publications - AGM papers)
Session 1: Opening address by Rt Revd Robert Paterson (CRC Chair) (2011-04-12)
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Central Readers' Council AGM 2011 - Session 2: What is a Reader? (From Publications - AGM papers)
Session 2: Address by Rt Revd Robert Paterson (CRC Chair) (2011-04-12)
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Central Readers' Council AGM 2012 - Chairman's Address (From Publications - AGM papers)
Address by Rt Revd Robert Paterson (CRC Chair) (2012-03-27)
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CRC AGM 2011 - Ministry Venn Diagram (From Publications - AGM papers)
Powerpoint slide of a Model of Ministry - Rt Revd Robert Paterson (2011-04-12)
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CRC AGM 2011 - Training Modules Example (From Publications - AGM papers)
Powerpoint slide for exemplar Training Modules - Rt Revd Robert Paterson (2011-04-12)
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Encouraging and Promoting the Vocation of Readers (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
[4] Encouraging and Promoting the Vocation of Readers - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Historical Symposium Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-14)
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How do you become a Reader? (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
The Office of Reader is one of the oldest ministries in the Church, but in it's present form in the Church of England dates from 1866. Since then, the growth in Reader Ministry has been one of the great success stories in the Church of England and there are now over 10,000 Readers, some in every diocese. But what is a Reader? How do you become a Reader? Why should you want to? The attached document outlines Vocation and Nomination, Selection, Training and Admission and Licensing. (2005-02-27)
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Mapping the Contours: the Current State of Reader Selection (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
[1] Mapping the Contours: the Current State of Reader Selection - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Mission (CRC AGM 2011) (From Publications - AGM papers)
Mission - Rt Revd Robert Paterson (CRC Chair) (2011-04-12)
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Reader Logo (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
A large version of the new Reader logo. A jpg embedded in a Word document, which may be downloaded and used as appropriate. If it is used in ways that may generate income, the Central Readers' Council should be asked for permission. For a one-off payment to CRC of £25, dioceses can use the logo on locally-produced T-shirts, sweat-shirts, baseball caps, ties etc. Please contact The Reader Office, Central Readers' Council, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ. (2013-02-21)
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Reader Ministry Learning Outcomes (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
Outcomes for Reader ministry in the Church of England The grid supports Reader training from selection through IME 1-7. It draws on Selection for Reader Ministry ABM Policy Paper 7, Jan 1998; Shaping the Future ‘A vision for Good Practice in Reader/Local Preacher training’ (2006); the TEAC series grid for Catechists and Licensed Lay Ministers; and input from diocesan trainers. After consultations across the country they have now been approved by the Ministry Council and Bishop Robert as chair of CRC. (2011-10-20)
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Reader Ministry Swansong (From Publications - Other)
Reader Ministry – A Swansong: Originally prepared for Lincoln Vocations Advisers by Alex Whitehead (Lincoln Warden of Readers) (2011-10-20)
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Reader Selection - letter (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
Covering letter sent out by the Bishops of Norwich and Sodor and Man with pack on Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Reader Strategy (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
The Central Readers’ Council AGM Saturday 5th April 2014 Strategic Discussion – A Sorted Summary (2014-09-30)
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Readers' Merchandise (From Information and Guidelines - General)
Church of England Reader Badges can be obtained from the CRC Office. See attached document for details. (2013-05-06)
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Readers' Merchandise - Large Badges (From Information and Guidelines - General)
Church of England Reader Large Badges can be obtained from the CRC Office. See attached document for details. Smaller, lapel badges are also available. (2006-07-02)
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Service Checklist (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
Readers are often asked to take services at churches other than their own, especially during vacancies or holiday times. It is courteous to respect or acknowledge local customs where possible, and to point out any intended variations. Here is a Checklist to help to avoid pitfalls or embarrassing silences. (2005-02-27)
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Sociological Symposium Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-14)
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Swanwick 2012 - Sermon at Holy Communion (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Sermon preached at the 2012 National Readers' Conference at Swanwick by the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor and Man and CRC Chair (2012-09-06)
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Swanwick 2012 - Summary - Q&A Session (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Question and Answer session, concluding the 2012 National Readers' Conference at Swanwick. The panel/team included: Revd Canon Professor Leslie Francis Very Revd Dr Susan Jones Rt Revd Robert Paterson (2012-09-06)
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Symposium Introduction Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-27)
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The Admission and Licensing of Readers (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
The Common Worship form for the Admission and Licensing of Readers, which has been commended for use by the House of Bishops. The form for the Admission and Licensing of Readers and the accompanying resources are intended for use within a Service of the Word or a celebration of Holy Communion. (2008-02-07)
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The Reader - Autumn 2000 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
The many and varied tasks entrusted to Readers: The History of Reader Ministry; Distinctive Ministries: Priests, Deacons and Readers; Reader-in-Charge; Ecumenical; Reader Appraisal. (2000-09-01)
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The Reader - Autumn 2004 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Spirituality - for a mission-shaped Church, for the 21st Century: Reader ministry today (Bishop Graham Dow, Chair of CRC). Continuing Ministerial Education for Readers . (2004-09-01)
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The Reader - Autumn 2012 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Urban Ministry: Ministry in and to urban communities, urban ministry in the early church - Philippi, faith in affordable housing, medics and urban mission, urban flows, runaways (Children's Society), the reality of homelessness, harvest festival for town and city dwellers, GraceSpace, StreetChurch. Also - Reader Ministry - A Warden's Swansong, by Rev'd Canon Alex Whitehead, recently retired Warden of Readers in Lincoln Diocese. And Science and Belief - the big issues. (2012-08-17)
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The Reader - Spring 2000 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Celebrating the new format of The Reader magazine, with contributions from HRH Prince Philip, Patron of the Central Readers' Council, The Bishop of Manchester, Chairman of the Central Readers' Council, The Archbishop of Canterbury, and The Archbishop of York. (2000-03-01)
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The Reader - Spring 2003 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Centenary Edition --> The evolutionof the Reader and The Reader- the past, present and future. And also an article on Biblical StudiesToday by Revd Professor John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford University. (2003-03-01)
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The Reader - Spring 2004 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Readers as leaders of worship: Using hymns, deciding what to preach, leading worship with children, hospital services, funerals and ministering to the bereaved. Flour Festival 2003, Easter worship (with a difference), Greenbelt. And 100 years of The Reader magazine, although then it was The Reader and Lay Worker. (2004-03-01)
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The Reader - Spring 2006 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Reader Ministry - coherence and training: Includes articles on Preaching, the future role and task of Readers, the Hind Report and its relevance to Readers, Ministry education, experiences of Reader training and alternative lay ministries. Also articles on Anselm's thought and Trail of Treasure - a journey around a church aimed to articulate aspects of the Christian faith. (2006-03-09)
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The Reader - Spring 2012 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Living Stones: 1 Peter 2v9; Ministry around the world: Cambodia, Southern India, La Palma; Considering Change; Bishops in the House of Lords; Saving the Church of old England (2012-03-11)
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The Reader - Spring 2014 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Dying & Living: Living longer, Dying and Living - hospital chaplaincy, Reflections on taking funerals, Attitude(s) to death, Cemeteries & Memorials of WWI. Also: Service and ministry (Eph 4v12), Dyslexia, Day Chaplains in Chichester Cathedral, Personal reflections from Readers, and The Survey Results. (2014-05-14)
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The Reader - Summer 2009 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
God and Science: Darwinism and related scientific thought - evolution, creation, genes, Genesis. Also includes a celebration of 40 years of Women Reader Ministry. (2009-05-23)
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The Reader - Summer 2014 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other)
Prayer: Prayer with Children, The Lord's Prayer, Prayer in the Old Testament, Leading Intercessions, Prayer in the Celtic Church. Also: Port Missioner, Personal reflections on Reader Ministry, Poetry for WWI, Old Testament in Worship, Anti-Semitism, Common Awards, Change of CRC Vice-Chair (2014-05-15)
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The Selection of Readers in Dioceses (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
[3] The Selection of Readers in Dioceses; Identifying Best Practice in Content and Process - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Walking the Tightrope: Balance in Reader Ministry - presentation 1 (part 1 of 3) (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
- Without falling off. The first part of the presentation given by Bishop Graham Cray during the Saturday morning session at the National Conference Swanwick 2005. Due to size considerations, the presentations have each been split into three parts to try to prevent excessively long download times - each is about 1MB. (2005-07-29)
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Walking the Tightrope: Balance in Reader Ministry - presentation 1 (part 2 of 3) (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
- Without falling off. The second part of the presentation given by Bishop Graham Cray during the Saturday morning session at the National Conference Swanwick 2005. Due to size considerations, the presentations have each been split into three parts to try to prevent excessively long download times - each is about 1MB. (2005-07-29)
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Walking the Tightrope: Balance in Reader Ministry - presentation 1 (part 3 of 3) (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
- Without falling off. The third part of the presentation given by Bishop Graham Cray during the Saturday morning session at the National Conference Swanwick 2005. Due to size considerations, the presentations have each been split into three parts to try to prevent excessively long download times - each is about 1MB. (2005-07-29)
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Walking the Tightrope: Balance in Reader Ministry - presentation 2 (part 1 of 3) (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
- And getting to the other side The first part of the presentation given by Bishop Graham Cray during the Sunday morning session at the National Conference Swanwick 2005. Due to size considerations, the presentations have each been split into three parts to try to prevent excessively long download times - each is about 1MB. (2005-07-29)
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Walking the Tightrope: Balance in Reader Ministry - presentation 2 (part 2 of 3) (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
- And getting to the other side The second part of the presentation given by Bishop Graham Cray during the Sunday morning session at the National Conference Swanwick 2005. Due to size considerations, the presentations have each been split into three parts to try to prevent excessively long download times - each is about 1MB. (2005-07-29)
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Walking the Tightrope: Balance in Reader Ministry - presentation 2 (part 3 of 3) (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
- And getting to the other side The third part of the presentation given by Bishop Graham Cray during the Sunday morning session at the National Conference Swanwick 2005. Due to size considerations, the presentations have each been split into three parts to try to prevent excessively long download times - each is about 1MB. (2005-07-29)
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What is a Reader? (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
Readers are lay men and women, from a wide diversity of occupations and backgrounds, who recognize a call to serve God and his world through the Church of England. They work in a variety of roles and situations across the Church, being authorised by the Church of England to preach and teach, to conduct or assist in conducting worship, and to assist in the pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work of the Church in the parish or area where they are licensed. Includes - The Duties of a Reader, Licensing and Relicensing, Dress, Ministry Agreements, Ministry Review, Continuing Ministerial Education, Deployment, Transfer within the Diocese and Transfer to Another Diocese (2005-02-27)
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What is Reader Ministry and how can it be discerned? (From Information and Guidelines - Reader Ministry)
[2] What is Reader Ministry and how can it be discerned? Including Criteria for Reader Selection - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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