Discernment process for Lay Readers

In the Scottish Episcopal Church, final decisions about selection for training and then licensing of Lay Readers are made by the candidate’s diocesan bishop. However, the bishops involve others in the discernment process from the beginning.

Enquirers are recommended by their incumbent, and then meet with an assigned Vocational Advisor within the local stage of the SEC Discernment Process. The provincial stage of discernment may follow with the agreement of the diocesan bishop during which a Warden of Lay Readers will make a report to the bishop communicating a recommendation about the candidate. The SEC Discernment process is completed before the candidate becomes a student at SEI.

See the Lay Readers Discernment Handbook for full details about Lay Reader ministry and the process of becoming a Lay Reader.