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Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Providing a coherent CMD programme specifically for LLMs (our title for those who are members of the Order of Reader) is a relatively new initiative within the Diocese of Chelmsford. There are three main strands to LLM CMD.

1. Newly-licensed LLMs receive CMD alongside newly-ordained Curates in their first four years. Details of this training can be found here, and includes free access online to literally thousands of e-books, videos and other resources.

2. Each year the Diocese puts on a training day to which all Readers/LLMs are invited. The focus of the days varies from year to year and have included:

  • a retreat led by The Revd Alison White, CME officer from the Diocese of Peterborough;
  • cross cultural communication of the Gospel led by The Revd Canon George Kovoor, principal of Trinity College, Bristol
  • learning about leadership with Canon Pat Nappin and The Revd Canon Roger Matthews.
  • a day on preaching the “old story” in new cultural contexts led by Rev. Raewynne Whitely 

3. LLMs receive an annual personal CMD grant which can be used for training. They may contact their Area CMD Adviser to discuss the use of these grants. More information can be found here.

LARC groups (Local Advisers for Readers in Chelmsford) are opportunities for mutual support and encouragement.  Area CMD Advisers are also willing to offer advice and help. 

For more information on LLM CMD in the Diocese of Chelmsford contact the Lay Ministry Adviser, Caroline Harding. Please also visit the Church of England Readers home page

For the implications of changes to licensed lay ministry click here


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