Clergy development

Ministerial Development Reviews (MDR)

If you are visiting this page for the paperwork relating to your MDR it is available by clicking here  A full explanation of the complete process of MDR is also available there.

What follows is a short introduction, explanation and background to MDR which we hope will be useful for clergy and those completing 360 reviews for them.

The Church of England has encouraged voluntary systems of appraisal for some time and since the introduction of ‘Clergy Terms and Conditions of Service’ and Common Tenure legislation in 2011 the “MDR” has become an established tool for ministerial development which is delivered in a variety of ways across all Anglican dioceses. The process in each diocese rightly originates with and is held by the diocesan Bishop. It is a task that is inspired and informed by the scriptural imperative that we are one body which is joining together in the transforming mission of God and therefore we require both affirmation for, and accountability from, our ministers. The purpose of MDR is to enable the clergy to better fulfil their leadership role in their context and the wider Church by setting realistic goals for their work and professional development.

Through the MDR process clergy are given time to recount their story in a guided conversation about themselves, their work and its goals, and their relationships with the wider church and world. They meet with an experienced clergyperson who has been trained for the role. Feedback is received from those working with the reviewee and shared in the meeting. The Christian faith values stories of God’s involvement with individuals and the importance of being afforded time in which to tell one’s own story cannot be underestimated. There is a profound link between thoughtful informal conversation and ‘professional’ learning, and the term ‘learningful conversation’ (as coined by Peter Senge) describes a “conversation that engages the process of reflection”, which is arguably what happens within MDR and follow-up meetings.

Criticism is rightly levelled at MDR systems when inappropriate or weak objectives / outcomes are set and when developmental support fails to be delivered. The integrity of the process relies on the validity of agreed outcomes and the commitment of both the reviewee and the diocese to bring them to fruition. Therefore, once opportunities have been identified it is vital that the Department of Development and other diocesan staff provide advice and access to whatever network of assistance is most appropriate. We do this by offering all clergy the opportunity to meet up with a Ministry Development Adviser after the review outcomes have been agreed to discuss what could happen next.

If you have any questions relating to the Ministry Development Review, please contact Rev’d Jackie Johnson, Ministry Development Adviser.

Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD)

The purpose of CMD is to equip & develop the Church’s ministers for the sake of the mission and ministry of the whole church. Ministry is of and for all the laos, all of God’s people and so CMD is not an end in itself, but has the purpose of equipping the whole church for its missionary task. The “Church’s ministers” in this purpose is all ordained ministers, readers, religious, Church Army Evangelist and recognised lay ministers with the Diocesan Certificate in Lay Ministry.

Courses  can be booked by contacting Catriona either by telephone 01636 817232 or via e-mail


Clergy Study Leave
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Application for CMD Funding for Clergy

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