Lichfield Diocese is committed to the calling out and training of women and men to serve God and their parishes through local ministry – lay and ordained. The parish is involved in discerning the vocation of ‘their’ candidate, in supporting them through training, and in working with them, after licensing, in local mission and ministry. Jeanette Hartwell is Director of Reader Training.
‘I didn’t think I could do it – but it’s been one of the best experiences of my life!’ That’s a frequent comment from people who have felt called by God – but anxious about their own gifts, abilities or confidence. But Reader training is transformative, bringing out gifts and skills people don’t expect, helping them grow in God, and in confidence, equipping them for their ministry and mission.
Reader-candidates normally train at Shallowford House for two years after their Pathways Year. Training takes place in the Diocese, and is offered through the Queen’s Foundation for Theological Education.