Licensed lay ministry

In the Diocese of Oxford, Readers are known as Licensed Lay Ministers.

These are lay people in the Church of England from all walks of life who are called by God, theologically trained and licensed by the Church to preach, teach, lead worship and assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work.

Welcome to the Licensed Lay Ministry pages of the diocesan website. Scroll down to find out more:


If you are moving into the diocese, do fill in the LLM Transfer Form.

If you are thinking of starting Licensed Lay Ministry, do look around this section of the site, consult with your incumbent and fill in the application form. We want to see a continuing large number of people joining this ministry.

There are two key events when the LLM community gets together: a teaching day in the spring called the Forum and a summer conference. Do keep an eye out for these — we'd love to see you at them.

God bless you in your ministry, and may you be fruitful in the work of the Lord.

Warden of Readers

It was announced in August 2022 that the Rt Revd Gavin Collins, Bishop of Dorchester, will take on additional responsibility as Warden of Readers. Find out more

Visit the Central Readers' Council website

Safeguarding and the Diocese of Oxford Local Ministry Programme

We take safeguarding seriously throughout our learning opportunities. Our safeguarding statement outlines our safeguarding commitments and how we uphold these.

What documents might I need?

Essential documents for licensed lay ministry.

Who is who?

The Archdeaconry advisers for licensed lay ministry.

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