Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD)

There are a number of opportunities for clergy to continue their ministerial education and development once they move on from IME.

  • First Incumbents/First Post conference. These 24 or 36 hour residentials take place every couple of years and cover a range of topics relevant to those who have recently taken on their first post of responsibility.
  • Fit for Post course. This is a rolling programme of training sessions, which are now focused on two 24 hour residentials at Wydale Hall on a range of topics for those in their first post of responsibility or new to the diocese. (See 2019 Programme below).
  • Archdeaconry and Diocesan events. The training team arrange different events around the diocese which may be specifically for clergy or open to all. Details are given in the Annual CMD Booklet, the monthly training e-bulletin and on the website.
  • External courses and training days. We encourage clergy to attend external courses such as those run by the Arthur Rank Centre on rural and multi-parish ministries, Leading Your Church into Growth, Church Army, CPAS and many others. CMD grants may be available on request ~ see below.
  • Taking on other roles. Some clergy are asked, or offer, their skills in areas such as mentoring, consultancy, spiritual direction etc. These are a vital part of personal development as well as contributing to the development of others.

Training Resources for Ministry 2019-20

Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) Grants

Normal CMD Grants for licensed clergy are administered by Archdeaconry Training Advisers to whom applications on the downloadable forms below should be sent. Please read the section on 'CMD Grants Policy’ before making an application.

Advanced study grants, usually awarded to support study at Master's and Doctoral level, are administered by The Director of Training for Missional Ministry, the Revd Dr Gavin Wakefield.

Extended Study Leave/Sabbatical

The opportunity to devote time to a period of study or a personal project, which includes rest completely free from parish duties can be an enriching and affirming experience. It need not necessarily be for a long period, though a month would be the minimum for any real benefit.

For some, it may only prove possible when a person is between jobs, but it should be a period genuinely away from the demands of day-to-day work. At present clergy are encouraged to take a sabbatical of 3 months at a suitable point in their ministry.

We have an aspiration of encouraging ESL every ten years of ordained ministry, and we now have a policy to help us work towards that.