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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.

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If studying at St. Edmund’s, the discernment process to become an LLM can take place during the two years of Christian studies with applications to be made no later than Easter of the second year, whilst the discernment process for St. Mellitus takes place prior to the three years of study.

2. Training to become an LLM

There are currently two paths to follow to become a Licensed Lay Minister. The St Edmund’s Course for Christian Studies is a two-year, non-accredited course to learn more about the Christian faith and explore key themes in more depth that may be used as the first two years of a three year LLM training plan. St Mellitus College also offers LLM training in two locations.

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