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Here you can find out more about what an LLM is and the process towards becoming one.

About Licensed Lay Ministry

Licensed Lay Ministers are the equivalent to what was previously known as a Reader. Both carry a Bishop’s License, and are recognised nationally throughout the Church of England as of equal status and training. The term LLM came about in order to broaden out the areas of ministry, beyond the activities typically associated with Readers. LLMs can be involved in many different aspects of the life of the church, including adult education, small group work, mission and evangelism, pastoral ministry, youth and children’s ministry, workplace ministry, chaplaincy, and more.

Discernment process

The process towards becoming a Licensed Lay Minister normally begins with an informal conversation with your vicar, who will contact the local Area Warden of LLMs.

As part of the formal discernment process, the candidate will need to complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form, provide references, and meet with one Clergy and one Lay Assessor.

Upon invitation to a panel interview, the candidate will then need to complete a DBS check. Your vicar will be asked to complete a reference, and a nomination form from the PCC will also be requested.

Successful candidates are invited to complete a period of training, either through the St Edmund’s Course in Christian Studies or St Mellitus College.

If you think LLM ministry may be for you, talk first to your parish priest. For more general enquiries, email LLM@nulllondon.anglican.org.

Ministerial Development Review for LLMs

Once you have become a Licensed Lay Minister, you will undergo a Ministerial Development Review (MDR) every three years with a consultant of your choice. This process happens alongside the LLM’s annual review with their incumbents. The aim of the MDR is for ministers to become more effective Christians in the service of Jesus Christ through self-reflection and challenge, as well as through affirmation and the encouragement of their peers. The goals of this proccess are to give to ministers the opportunity to:

  • Pray and reflect on their vocation and ministry
  • Take stock of their ministry and identify areas on which to build, as well as areas needing attention.
  • Celebrate their ministry and receive affirmation
  • Be encouraged and challenged
  • Become realistic about their strengths and weaknesses
  • Set goals for their work and personal development
  • Identify and access both personal and professional training, support and development needs

The MDR process includes a period of reflection and preparation. LLMs are asked to complete the preparation form. Their incumbent is also asked to offer feedback using the Reference Form. This should be shared with the LLM in advance of their meeting with their external consultant. Your preparation forms, along with your current working agreement, should be shared with the consultant in advance of your meeting. An outcome of the meeting is a Summary of MDR form which will go to the incumbent, the Area Bishop and the Area Warden of LLMs.

The MDR scheme builds on the success of many years’ experience of reviews for clergy within the Diocese of London. For more information about how the MDR works, please contact your local LLM Warden, or your Area Director of Training and Development.

LLM forms for:

Downloadable forms

1. Candidate application

2. Nomination of a candidate

3. Candidate reference

4. Handbook for LLM Wardens, Assessors and interview panel – document forthcoming

5. LLM Review and Work Agreement

6. LLM MDR Preparation

7. LLM MDR Summary

8. LLM MDR Incumbents review – new version forthcoming

Additional resources

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