Clergy development

Ministerial Development Reviews (MDR)

Paperwork relating to your 2019 Ministry Development Review (MDR) is available by clicking here where you will find a full explanation of the MDR process.  If you know of a format from another diocese that you think is more appropriate to you and your context, please contact Rev’d Jackie Johnson, Ministry Development Adviser (  It is our hope that, whatever structure you use, the MDR will be a spiritual tool to aid your personal, discipleship, and vocational development.

The Background to MDR: 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, 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, and is administered here mostly via peer review by ordained and lay stipendiary church leaders. It is a task that is inspired and informed by the spiritual imperative that we are one body joining in the Missio Dei.  Our remit is to spread the good news and to Grow Disciples- Wider, Younger and Deeper.  To do this well we need to both affirm those in leadership roles (you are God’s beloved in whom he is well pleased) and recognise that we are each accountable to God and to each other.  The purpose of MDR is to enable ministers better to fulfill their leadership role in their context and the wider Church by setting realistic intentions for their wellbeing, work, and ongoing vocational development.

Through MDR church leaders are given time to recount their story in a guided conversation about themselves, their work and opportunities, their relationships with the wider church and world.  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.  Reviewees meet with an experienced church leader trained for the role.  There is a profound link between thoughtful, informal conversation and vocational and professional learning.  The term ‘learningful conversation’ describes “a conversation that engages the process of reflection” (Senge 1994 in Haigh 2005:8); this is exactly what is encouraged within an MDR and the follow-up meeting.  In spending this time with a church leader, a reviewer hopes to enable light bulb moments of clarity, discernment and encouragement where there are ‘fork in the road’ moments, and appropriate levels of support and challenge.

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 and realism 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 Discipleship & Ministry and other diocese staff provide advice and access to whatever network of assistance is most appropriate.  We do this by offering all reviewees the opportunity to meet with the Ministry Development Adviser after the review intentions/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 ( or by phone 07827 291724.

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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Click here to download the Study Leave/Sabbatical Application Form

Click here for information about retreats

Application for CMD Funding for Clergy
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