Many years ago, the 'Mind the Gap' report stated that ‘The fundamental purpose of Continuing Ministerial Education is to equip and develop the Church’s ministers in order that they may stimulate and enable the whole Church to participate more fully in the mission of God in the world.’
(Mind the Gap: Integrated Continuing Ministerial Education for the Church’s Ministers. Archbishops’ Council 2001)
Licensed ministers soon realise that you cannot learn everything you need to know and understand about ministry during initial training. Even after many years of service we recognise that if we want our ministries to remain fresh and effective then we need to be engaged in on-going learning and development - lifelong learning has become phrase which Readers, Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) and Clergy understand to be a significant part of their discipleship and commitment to the Church.
The Diocese of York places high importance on all LLMs continually reflecting and learning throughout their active ministry. Ministry Development Review, in which LLMs now participate every three years, encourages us to look ahead and identify specific areas for development and consider how they will be addressed.