After the selection day and if you have been recommended by the diocese to train for Reader ministry, the Initial Reader Training before you can be considered for licensing takes three years.  It is run by the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership.  It is challenging, but most people do find it enjoyable.  The training includes a variety of modules such as Worship and Preaching, Pastoral Care, Christianity and the Arts, Church History, Christian Doctrine, Old Testament and New Testament texts and much more.  You will not only receive an excellent academic training but also throughout the three years and beyond you will receive formational training which will also help to equip you for Reader ministry.  You will be required to spend time reading and researching for the seminars and assignments that will be set throughout your training.  There are opportunities to meet with your colleagues from both Newcastle and Durham Diocese when you attend weekend residentials.  All of this will be explained to you in full before you begin training. 

Much of the academic and formational training takes place at Church House, Percy Main, and is usually held on a Monday evening between 7.00 - 9.30pm.

You might also like to visit the Lindisfarne website: or email  for more information.

(Updated September 2016)