LICENSED LAY READERS IN THE TRinitarian Anglican Church
A lay reader (in some jurisdictions simply reader) or licensed lay reader (LLR) is a layperson authorized by a bishop in the Trinitarian Anglican Church to lead certain services of worship or lead certain parts of a service. They are members of the congregation permitted to preach and preside at some services, but not called to full-time ministry or referred as Clergy.
Lay readers are licensed by the bishop to a particular parish or to the diocese at large. In the former case, in some areas, their tenure expires with the resignation of the parish priest. In the Trinitarian Anglican tradition, the role of licensed lay readers, whose prominence varies by region, is similar to that of a non-conformist lay preacher, and can involve:
- Conducting Mattins, Evensong, and Compline (BCP) or a service of the word (Common Worship)
- Reciting the Litany
- Act as an Acolyte at the Eucharist
- Preaching, teaching, and assisting in pastoral care
- Supporting the Priest as Acolyte during the Sacraments
- Serve Mass as an Acolyte at Holy Communion.
- Participation at other services as requested by their incumbent
The Trinitarian Anglican Bishops Council has laid out its recommendations for the advised education that all laity should receive.
Training to become a Reader follows a period of testing and preparation. In many dioceses this involves some form of access training that introduces the basics of nature of ministry. All potential readers attend a Diocesan Advisory Panel to test their calling and assess their suitability for the role.
Training takes place over the amount necessary for preparing for other types of ministry. Reader training in the Trinitarian Anglican Church is overseen by the Bishops Council. All Readers will have a working agreement in place which is agreed with their incumbent currently as a voluntary position due to minimum church funds. This outlines their duties and aims to promote a balance between their work and family commitments.
Reader training usually incorporates a selection of the following:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Church Canons
- Liturgy and worship basic knowledge
- Pastoral care
- Study of local context
- Mission work and lay Ministry
- Church history (Basics)
- Leadership skills and self-awareness
- Preaching skills
In the Trinitarian Anglican Church, the office used to be known simply as Lay Reader. Most dioceses have adopted the title Licensed Lay Reader (Reader), or LLR (Reader). Their training enables them to preach, teach, and lead worship, and they are also able to assist in pastoral, evangelistic and liturgical work as licensed lay persons.
For the purposes of carrying out the practical aspects of their training for ordination, Seminarians studying for the ordained ministry may be licensed as Seminarian Readers. In the Trinitarian Anglican Church, a Seminarian Reader's license permits them to serve in any diocese rather than being bound (as in the case of a Lay Reader) to the diocese of their licensing bishop.
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Restrictions for Candidacy for becoming a LLR
You must be over 18 years of age.
You must be a baptized and confirmed Christian.
You must be a member of the Trinitarian Anglican Church
You must have been a member of the Church and involved in the Community Life
You must be a practicing Christian and deep in faith and abide with the Church Canons.
You must abide with the Teachings and Gods Commandments
The sexual immoral and confused/ Paganism and involvement in Cults are not accepted within the Prayer leadership or any leadership with in the Trinitarian Anglican Church as wee seek those who are of good obedience and faith to be future roll models for our church members and our children.
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