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2000 Years of Service (Article/Note/Report)
A short History of Reader Ministry. From the Apostolic Church, through revivals in 1561, and 1866 to today.
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A Vision for Good Practice in Reader/Preacher Training (Article/Note/Report)
The report of the Reader Task Group.
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Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition (Book)
The essays in this volume are revised and edited versions of papers delivered by Anglican and Roman Catholic historians at a colloquium held at the Gregorian University in Rome in June 2002.
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Christian Stewardship (Website)
A comprehensive website on Christian Stewardship in the UK
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Church History (Booklist)
An introductory booklist for the study of church history
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Community Ministry (Booklist)
A suggested list of books for initial studies of Community Ministry
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Continuing Ministerial Education for Readers (Article/Note/Report)
The current status of CME for Readers, and recommendations for the way forward - a summary of the Central Readers' Council Working Party Report.
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emergingchurch.info (Website)
A website for people to share their experiences, successes and difficulties about emerging church.
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Encounters on the Edge (Website)
Church Army information about Fresh Expresssions of Church..
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Presence and Engagement (Website)
This Church of England project aims to equip Christians for mission and ministry in multi-faith contexts.
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Reader Upbeat (Article/Note/Report)
Report of the working group on review of Reader ministry, commissioned by the Archbishops' Council
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The Developing Ministries of Christ in the Church - and the place of Reader ministry today (Article/Note/Report)
A revised form of the address given to the CRC AGM on 27th March 2004, discussing the place of Reader Ministry today.
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The Healthy Churches Handbook (Book)
A book by a well-known writer on the subject about the health of churches as whole communities - a sequel to his earlier Growing healthy churches.
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150th Anniversary Service Material (From Publications - Other Publications)
Liturgical material commended by The Central Readers’ Council for use at Services of Thanksgiving for 150 years of Reader / Licensed Lay Ministry (2016-04-15)
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Biblical Symposium Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-14)
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Central Readers' Council AGM 2012 - Chairman's Address (From Publications - AGM papers)
Address by Rt Revd Robert Paterson (CRC Chair) (2012-03-27)
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Encouraging and Promoting the Vocation of Readers (From Information and Guidelines - Vocation, Selection and Training)
[4] Encouraging and Promoting the Vocation of Readers - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Historical Symposium Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-14)
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Mapping the Contours: the Current State of Reader Selection (From Information and Guidelines - Vocation, Selection and Training)
[1] Mapping the Contours: the Current State of Reader Selection - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Reader Selection - letter (From Information and Guidelines - Vocation, Selection and Training)
Covering letter sent out by the Bishops of Norwich and Sodor and Man with pack on Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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Reader Strategy (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
The Central Readers’ Council AGM Saturday 5th April 2014 Strategic Discussion – A Sorted Summary (2014-09-30)
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Sociological Symposium Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-14)
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Symposium Introduction Paper (From Publications - Conference papers/reports)
Paper delivered to the Lay Ministry Symposium in November 2011 (2012-03-27)
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The Reader - Spring 2003 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other Publications)
Centenary Edition --> The evolutionof the Reader and The Reader- the past, present and future. And also an article on Biblical StudiesToday by Revd Professor John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford University. (2003-03-01)
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The Reader - Spring 2006 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other Publications)
Reader Ministry - coherence and training: Includes articles on Preaching, the future role and task of Readers, the Hind Report and its relevance to Readers, Ministry education, experiences of Reader training and alternative lay ministries. Also articles on Anselm's thought and Trail of Treasure - a journey around a church aimed to articulate aspects of the Christian faith. (2006-03-09)
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The Reader - Summer 2010 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other Publications)
Worship: Music and preaching, Fresh Expressions, children, worship in rural parishes, online resources, music in worship, writing prayers, using film. (2010-06-11)
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The Reader - Summer 2016 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other Publications)
Celebrating 150 Years of Reader Ministry: Historic Minute; Letter from our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; Looking Back... Looking Forward...; Collects and Intercessions; Congratulations from the Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion; Celebrating The Reader magazine; The Origins of Reader Ministry in the Church of England. Also The Servant Queen and the King she serves; Church Growth in Britain; Miscarriage and Pastoral Care; Walls and Warfare; Politics is for life not just elections; Creativity for All. (2016-07-27)
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The Reader - Winter 2006 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other Publications)
For birth or death? From womb to tomb: reflections on birth and death in the Bible, O come, O come Immanuel?, Beginnings and Endings, Bethlehem. Also: Mission-Shaped Lay Ministry and Building sure foundations (2007-03-20)
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The Reader - Winter 2011 (From 'The Reader' Magazine - Other Publications)
Christian Community; New Monasticism and Fresh Expressions, Community in the Early Days of the Christian Church, Lindisfarne, Twitter and Facebook,Safespace, Community of Mission Service, Sheldon, Scargill House, Living in a Community, Earth Abbey, Using the Internet to Support Community. And the winner of the story writing competition. (2011-11-17)
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The Selection of Readers in Dioceses (From Information and Guidelines - Vocation, Selection and Training)
[3] The Selection of Readers in Dioceses; Identifying Best Practice in Content and Process - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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What is Reader Ministry and how can it be discerned? (From Information and Guidelines - Vocation, Selection and Training)
[2] What is Reader Ministry and how can it be discerned? Including Criteria for Reader Selection - Nicholas Daunt, National Consultant for Reader Selection (2012-11-22)
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