Growth in ministerial character and skills continues throughout ordained ministry. We encourage clergy to engage in lifelong learning to support their ongoing ministry and offer a wide range of support and training in respect of this, including practical workshops, more academically focused events, and opportunities for quieter reflection. You will find upcoming events on the events page.

Ministerial Development Review

It is generally accepted that there is great value in reflecting on the way we do our work and using that reflection as the basis for further growth.

To facilitate this, all clergy who hold their posts under Common Tenure are required to engage in (and other clergy are invited to participate in) the Ministerial Development Review (MDR) process.

This enables those who hold the Bishop’s licence:

  • to reflect before God on their vocation and ministry
  • to identify areas for thanksgiving and lament, receiving affirmation and challenge
  • to set priorities for personal and ministerial development.

MDR Guidance (Word)

MDR Guidance (PDF)

Ministerial Development Plan

Clergy are warmly invited to meet with the Director of Discipleship, Lay Ministry and Continuing Ministerial Education (contact details below) for a conversation at any time to discuss their development needs, and in particular for advice regarding a Ministerial Development Plan, sabbatical planning or further academic study. Further information regarding a Ministerial Development Plan is contained in the MDR Guidance document above.


CMD and Academic Grants

Grants are available for some aspects of training, including the provision of transitional coaching for clergy new to a role of responsibility or looking for a new appointment. However, grants are only given for activities identified in a Ministerial Development Plan.

Download CMD Grant Guidance

Download Grants for Academic Study


Sabbaticals are an important part of a creative and disciplined approach to the ministerial life. Along with other aspects of ministerial support, they aim to enrich and safeguard the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the Church’s ministers. Setting aside time for rest, relaxation and renewal is a vital part of the rhythm of Christian vocation.

Download Sabbatical Guidance

Download Clergy Sabbatical FAQs for Parishes

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