Debbie Cunningham, (above) the Ministry Team Administrator, has recently updated me on the growth of Reader Ministry in the Diocese in Europe. ("Readers" in the Church of England are theologically trained, licensed lay ministers). Debbie reports that
- Besides about 100 already licensed, at the present moment there about 30 - 35 in training for this ministry. (The course of training normally takes 3 years).
- There are 10 candidates who are just about ready to begin training, following selection for this ministry.
- There are 4 persons who are in active stages of exploration of a call to this ministry
- About 10 are in the process of transferring their Reader ministry from other dioceses in the Church of England to this Diocese in Europe.