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Reader of Lessons

Ministry Description

Position Risk Assessment: Low
Term of Office: 1 year, renewable
Supervision and Support: Reports to: Lay Reader
Staff Liaison (if different from above):
Committee/Board responsible for this ministry: Worship Committee
Purpose: To give encouragement to both those who read and those who hear the scriptural readings
Population(s) served: The congregation

Skills & Qualifications:

  • have a desire to share Godís heart as expressed in scripture, and to convey the meaning with heartfelt expression
  • some public speaking experience is an asset as you must be confident and have clear reading skills, however these can be learned by practice if the heart is earnest
  • a love for fellow Christians is a must

Spiritual Gifts Recommended:

  • service

Training Provided:

  • on-the-job training

Meeting Date & Time:

  • no scheduled meetings
  • readers may be part of a schedule, or may be called upon just before the service

Time Commitment Involved:

  • you need a few minutes to read over the appointed scripture so that Godís message can be delivered with expression and passion

Description of Duties / Responsibilities:

  • learn the sequence of the service in order to know when to come to the lectern
  • introduce the scripture before reading it, and end with ďThis is the Word of the LordĒ
  • speak slowly and clearly into the microphone, or project if there is no microphone
  • be open to the Spirit to convey the meaning
  • be willing to be a transparent vehicle

Limits of the Position:

  • limited to the reading of the day

Benefits & Opportunities:

  • to share Godís Word

Office Instructions: Provide a copy of this description to the applicant. Place a copy in the applicantís file in a locked filing cabinet. Record the completion of this step on the applicantís Screening Checklist.

Rev. November 27, 2003