Continuing Ministerial Development

Continuing Ministerial Development provision in the Diocese of Guildford seeks to reflect the best current practice in the Church of England. Responsibility for all CMD provision lies with the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry.

The IME 4-7 Programme

This is part of the overall Continuing Ministerial Development process.

Annual Programme of Study Days

Each year, a programme of Study Days is produced in September, covering a range of theological, skill-based and personal development issues. It is expected that ministers (other than those in IME 4-7) will include two or more of these in their annual training programme. Many of the days are also open to LLM (Readers) and Pastoral Assistants.

Training at Points of Transition

In collaboration with the CMD Officers of six other southern dioceses, the Southern Regional Institute (SRI) provides short residential conferences, which are offered to people at certain critical points of transition in their ministry. These are:

  • First responsibility
  • New Post (subsequent to first incumbency)
  • New Rural Deans
  • Working with the newly ordained (training incumbents)
  • Pre-retirement
  • Renaissance (refreshing ministry after many years)

 Wherever possible, the diocese will pay the consultation fee.

Extended Ministerial Development Leave

Each year, a number of grants of £1k are made available for Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL), a period away from the parish or sphere of ministry of three months' duration. This should combine study, space for self and God, refreshment, development and reflection. Stipendiary ministers may apply for EMDL if they have completed eleven years' stipendiary ministry, have not had a similar period of leave in the previous ten years, have been at least three years in their present post, and have not had a grant for a Major Academic Award within the previous three years.EMDL is not a right, but a privilege, and it may not be possible to accommodate every request. A period of one month's Shorter MDL with no financial support may be arranged, by negotiation, with the DVM Team.

Major Academic Awards

There are many types of part-time academic courses available, ranging from the conversion of a Diploma or Foundation degree into an Honours degree, to Phds in various subjects which have a direct bearing on the practice of ministry. There are also courses which lead to accreditation in an allied field, e.g. counselling, coaching etc. A number of grants are available, though there has to be careful consideration with a number of interested parties before approval can be given. Applications should be made to the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry well in advance.

CMD Personal Allowance Scheme

The diocese operates a Personal Allowance Scheme to encourage clergy to take responsibility for their own continuing ministerial development. The scheme covers all licensed clergy, except those employed by schools and health authorities / NHS Trusts, and those who are still part of IME 4-7. The annual sum available for courses and events approved by the diocese is £200 per person. The choice of courses and work lies primarily with each individual, but is subject to the approval of the Director of Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry.

Clergy Days and Clergy Conference

Every three years, there is a residential clergy conference which licensed, stipendiary clergy are expected to attend, and licensed SSM and OLMS are invited to attend. In the intervening years, there is an annual mandatory Bishop's clergy study day

Clergy Conference

Information on past and future Clergy Conference.
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Then afterward
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28

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