Outline of the Course

There are seven modules on the course and you must complete and pass them all in order to be recommended to the Bishop for LLM(R) licensing. The course is at the level prescribed by the Church of England's Ministry Division. The modules are outlined below.

Alongside the modules you will also be required to complete 4 to 5 hours per week of practical placement duties in your home parish and a 6 week, mainly obersvational, placement in a parish that is different from your own (this is called an external placement).  In your home parish you will work closely with your incumbent and leadership team, in the external placement you will work with an experienced Reader.

First Year Modules (from 2022)

Mission & Evangelism

This module

explores a variety of different types

of mission and evangelism and helps you develop in both.


Discover new things about familiar scriptures as you watch and listen to world renowned authorities talking about key books of the New Testament.)

Gain an overview

of the Old


New Testaments and

learn to read familiar

texts in a new way.


This module introduces you to the amazing world of the OT, from a largely Jewish perspective (which after all is howJesus would have learned it!

Second Year Modules

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This module, led

by guest

tutor Rev'd Liz Shercliff

from Chester Diocese,

is accessed entirely

by Study Days,

one in each term.

Leadership, Worship and Ministry

This module examines

the role of the worship

leader, different

kinds of worship,

ministry throught the

cylce of life and

leadership styles

and teams




This module

examines some key

doctrine which

LLM(R)s often

need to teach

as well as outlining

the role and place

of the LLM(R)

in the parish,

Diocese and


Runs in Spring Term




Learn about

the theology and

types of pastoral care

and discern

how you

will use this important

aspect of LLM(R)

ministry in

your particular


Licensed Lay Ministry (Reader)

The discernment process for Licensed Lay Ministry ( LLM(R) ) begins as you study Year 1 of the course. You will be asked to contact a vocations adviser at the outset of the course to begin that part of the process.  During the course of the year you will be asked to complete a further application form and, with the written support of your vocations adviser, incumbent (or equivalent in a vacancy) and PCC, you will be invited to an interview panel.  If it is agreed at the panel that you may indeed have a calling to LLM(R), you will go on to the second year of study, as outlined above.

Those who have studied on the old Transforming Faith course (and passed the assessments), or who have a University qualification in theology, may qualify for exemption from some of the modules and this will explored further on an individual basis prior to application for the first module.  If you are in this category please contact the Director of Studies (dawn.glen@derby.anglican.org) before completing an application form.

Further information on this pathway can be found in the Discipleship Training Information Pack which is available by clicking here or by emailing fiona.bennett@derby.anglican.org.