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Outline of the Course

There are seven to ten modules (depending on your level of experience and biblical knowledge) 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.

Licensed Lay Ministry (Reader)

The discernment process for Licensed Lay Ministry ( LLM(R) ) begins from the outset of the course. This could be at the Introductory level if you don't have much experience up front in church and/or you don't have much knowledge of the bible or theological qualifications. You will be allocated a Vocations Advisor (VA) at the outset of the course to help you with your journey of disernment.  Towards the end of the first (or second depending on whether you are on a two or three year pathway) you will be asked to complete a self reflection form, your Vocations Advisor will be asked for a report as will your Vicar (or equivalent in a vacancy) and we will need support in the form of a resolution from your PCC. You will then be invited for a vocational discernment discussion with a small panel (this usually includes the Director of Studies, the Deputy Director of Studies and your Archdeaconry Assistant Warden of Readers).  If it is agreed at the panel that you may indeed have a calling to LLM(R), you will go on to the final 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 ( 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

First Year Modules


What is God calling you to do in your life at this time, in this day? This module seeks to help you determine that and give you support as you live out our faith in the world and the church everyday.

Opening Up the Bible

Studying the bible is a lifelong journey. This module seeks to develop your understanding of scripture with help from biblical teachers around the world, notably evangelical teacher and scholar Tom Wright and gospel specialist Paula Gooder

Pastoral Care for Everyone

We all offer some kind of pastoral care in our lives of faith. The module seeks to help you identify the many different types of pastoral care, which ones you are using in your life and how to develop them.

Second Year Modules


This module is accessed entirely by Study Days, one in each of the first two terms. Learn about the skills of preaching from our expert guest speakers


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!


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.

Mission &

This moduleexplores a variety of different types of mission and evangelism and helps you develop in both.

Final Year Modules



We continue to learn
more about the life
and skills of
a good preacher
in two more study days
this time in the Autumn


This module examines some key doctrines 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 CofE

Worship &

This module examines
the role of the worship
leader, different
kinds of worship and
ministry through the
cycle of life as well as
leadership styles
and working in teams.

(Level 4)

Learn about
the theology and
types of pastoral care
and discern
how you
will use these important
skills in your ministry

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