Diocese of Portsmouth

What is a Reader?

Reader ministry has existed in its present form in the Church of England since 1866, although it can be traced back to the early Church. There are more than 10,000 Readers in the Church of England including around 150 in our Diocese. It is the only nationally accredited voluntary lay ministry which is governed by Canon and episcopally licensed.

Download guide - 'On Being A Reader' (pdf)
Download guide - 'On becoming a Reader?' (pdf)


Training to become a Reader takes three years and is delivered on the Portsmouth Pathway, a new training centre for lay ministers and ordinands based at St Luke’s Church in Southsea