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

With the retirement of Phillip Tovey in July there is currently a vacancy in this role. We expect this will be remedied very soon. In the meantime, please contact Carolyn Main, our LLM administrator, if you have any queries.

Visit the Central Readers' Council website Licensed Lay Ministry training

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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