Continuing Ministerial Development

Change of Focus

Working within the South Central Regional Training Partnership.  Process for Change of Focus of Ministry.  This process paper applies to the Diocese of Guildford.​  Change of Focus - Guildford Process (rev Sept 2018).

IME Stage 2

Curates in IME 4 - 7 have their own programme. More information.

Retired Clergy Study Days

Retired clergy have their own programme organised by Revd Ken Hobbs and are welcome to attend any CMD sessionsView and listen to previous retired clergy study day sessions. ​

CMD Study Programme

Details of previous sessions, and booking upcoming sessions. 

You might be interested in the training ​and events offered by the Parish Development & Evangelism Team

Opportunities for continuing ministerial development

Here you will find further information on a number of different programmes to help continue ministerial development. Many of the topics listed below are covered in greater depth in the following document, 'Continuing Ministerial Development Documents'. 

Annual personal allowance

Licensed clergy beyond IME 4 -7 have an annual personal allowance, currently worth £200, which may be spent on one or more educational or training courses and opportunities. All expenditure should be approved in advance by the DVMT Director. To find out more, please email

Fund for Major Awards

This fund provides up to six awards each year for those wishing to take further professional courses or degrees. Contact if you wish an application to be considered.

Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL)

Those who have been in stipendiary ministry for at least 12 years (i.e. 8 or 9 years after serving a title post), have been in their current post for at least 3 years, and are not within 2 years of retirement, may be invited to take EMDL.

Ministerial Development Leave (MDL)

This is open to full-time, stipendiary, licensed clergy and self-supporting clergy who are effectively full time.

Local Ministry Programme (LMP)

LMP offers a range of diploma and degree modules. Short courses (non-accredited) are also worth considering. Please email for more details.

CMD for LLMs

LLMs are welcome to attend CMD study days and also have a programme organised for them by the LLM (Readers') Board.

CMD for all LLMs, including special provision for LLMs in their first four years, is overseen by Simon Loveless, CMD Tutor for LLMs. For more information please contact Simon ( or Christine Bailey (

Pastoral Assistants

PAs are welcome to attend the study days from the CMD programme. Contact for more information.

Kerry Tucker, the Pastoral Assistant Trainer, works with a team of tutors on the increasingly-popular PA course. Contact for more information.

Transitions in Ministry courses

Transitions in Ministry comprises 6 dioceses working together to provide courses for times of transition. Please contact for more information.

Ministry Review: Affirmation and Accountability

The Ministry Review programme provides for you to meet one of the Bishop’s Review Team every other year in order to review and reflect upon your ministry and your development as a minister. The programme is administered by the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry.

A letter will be sent to you in advance of the review setting out the details of how to prepare for it. If you think you have been missed out of the system, please contact

Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy.

Encouragement and consultation

The Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry is always pleased to meet you to discuss your ministerial development and training, whether you have a clear idea of what interests you or simply wish for an open and general discussion. Please contact our Interim Director, Steve Summers:

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Matthew 13:31

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