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Reader Ministry - Admin & Procedures

25th April 2017
Adams-Myland Fund Application Form

Form for completion by anyone wishing to seek a grant from the Adams-Myland Fund towards the cost of academic work intended to further their ministry as a Reader. (Also sometimes known as the Myland-Adams Fund) When completed, the form should be sent for the attention of the Secretary, The Central Readers' Council, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
PDF file
1st June 2007
A Grievance Procedure for Clergy and Licensed or Accredited Lay Ministers exercising ministry within the Church of England

Procedure developed by the Ministry Division and approved by the House of Bishops for clergy and all licensed or accredited lay ministers.
PDF file
28th October 2007
The Essential Trustee: What you need to know

Elected members of the Central Readers' Council Executive are the trustees of the CRC. This publication, by the Charity Commission details the role and responsibilities of trustees.
More at / Charity_requirements_guidance / Charity_essentials / The_essential_trustee.aspx
25th April 2017
Constitution of the Central Readers' Council

Approved March 2008 Revised April 2010 Revised March 2012 Revised April 2017
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4th May 2009
Ministry Development Review for Readers

The national church is introducing a scheme of Ministry Development Review for all clergy which will be part of their terms of licensing. This publication proposes guidelines for a parallel scheme for Readers. The guidelines take into account the varied and voluntary nature of Reader ministry, and that, as Readers are increasingly mobile, the scheme is recommended to provide a uniformity of review.
PDF file
25th April 2017
Regulations of the Central Readers' Council

As amended and approved by the AGM of April 2002. And revised 2010 and 2017.
PDF file
23rd February 2012
The Parochial Expenses of the Clergy - and Readers!

This booklet gives guidelines to parochial clergy and PCC Treasurers about the reimbursement of expenses. It is written primarily with parish clergy in mind (including Ordained Local Ministers (OLMs)) but most of it is equally applicable to other clergy, deaconesses, lay workers and readers.
More at / sites / default / files / 2017-10 / parochial-expenses-guide-2017.pdf
19th June 2017
CRC Expenses Claim Form
PDF file
19th June 2017
CRC Expenses Claim Form - Word Format
MS Word
5th January 2016

Church of England Safeguarding Policy, Practices and Procedures. National policy and procedure guidance is drawn up by C of E / Archbishops Council , the CRC does not have separate specific Reader safeguarding guidance. In addition, each Diocese should have safeguarding policies and procedures in place - taking into account the guidelines contained within C of E documents. These guidelines apply to all within the church - not just Readers.
More at / clergy-office-holders / safeguarding-children-vulnerable-adults.aspx
5th February 2017
Bishops' Regulations for Reader Ministry
PDF file
20th April 2017
Adams – Myland Fund

In the past, the Central Readers’ Council has received bequests with the aim of supporting Readers in their further training. These bequests go back many decades – the story goes that Miss Myland decided to set up a fund in parallel to the Adams one that was already in existence, when she was sitting on a staircase having lunch at a CRC meeting, to which she could not be admitted because of her gender. The original sums have been invested, and the income they generate is now available as training bursaries or grants to individual Readers. There are a few conditions attached of which these are the most important: * Applicants must be licensed Readers (i.e. grants are not available for initial training) and should reside within one of the dioceses of the Church of England or of the Church in Wales * Funds are available for help towards the cost of courses of study taken, for which insufficient funding is available from other sources. The grant may be used to supplement fees or for necessary books and resources, but not for cost of living expenses * Applications must be for programmes, courses or research in the broad field of theology, with the primary aim of enhancing the applicant’s knowledge and practice as a Reader * The programme, course or research is normally part-time and offered by an accredited institution (including distance-learning) situated within the British Isles * Every application must be supported by the Warden of Readers in the applicant’s home diocese * An application for a diocesan grant must be submitted to the Reader’s diocese prior to an application being made to the Central Readers’ Council; the outcome of the diocesan application however does not impinge on eligibility for a grant from the Adams-Myland fund * The maximum grant at the time of writing is £450 p.a. An application form with all the necessary information can be downloaded here. GS 11.03.2017
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29th May 2018
Central Readers' Council - Data Privacy

The Central Readers' Council's statement in compliance with GDPR
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