Ministerial Development Review (MDR)
Aims and Purposes
MDR is founded on the need for affirmation and accountability and within this context, the diocesan scheme seeks to help clergy:
- assess their ministry and themselves in ministry
- identify future objectives in their exercise of ministry
- identify training need
- reflect on their ministerial development and think about future ministerial possibilities
For those in the first four years (IME 4 - 7), review happens during the Assessing End of Curacy process and involves the curate, Training Incumbent, the IME Tutors and the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry.
Beyond IME 4 - 7
For those beyond
their first four years in ministry, MDR is mandatory under Clergy Terms and Conditions of Service and is operated by the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry on behalf of the Bishop. The rationale for Review is found in the Regional Training Partnership document 'Ministerial Development Review: principles and practice'.
The review will be conducted by one of the Bishop's team of reviewers every other year. The reviewee, a ministerial colleague, Churchwardens and a representative of the community will be asked to provide a written reference. These documents form the basis of the Review Meeting. Following the meeting, the Reviewer and Reviewee will complete a Summary and Outcomes form and this will be placed on the clergy file. For those coming new to the diocese, or taking up a new post within the diocese, the first Review Meeting will be held 18 to 24 months after the new ministry has begun.
Clergy who are employed by an external body as Chaplains (e.g. Health Trust, University), but who hold the Bishop's licence are invited to a light-touch Ministerial Conversation every two years to keep lines of communication open.