Continuing Ministerial Education


Revd Ruth Crossley
Bishop's Adviser for Continuing Ministerial Development
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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Ordained ministry is part of and enables the ministry of the whole people of God. Clergy. CMD is a lifelong process and those who hold the Bishop’s licence have a particular responsibility to equip and re-equip themselves for ministry by appropriate training and development. The Diocese supports them in a number of ways through the clergy CMD budget and programmes of the Ministry and Training department.

Continuing Support and Development in Ministry

In addition to diocesan requirements and programmes each of us needs to develop his/her own systems for personal survival and growth in ministry. As well as disciplines of regular prayer and study, we can benefit from the ministry of others as work consultants, mentors, soul friends or spiritual directors, or from membership of cell groups or other support networks. The CMD Officer can help with the setting up of such relationships, if requested.

The first four years

The first four years are part of Initial Ministerial Education (IME Phase 2). They are normally served in a training post with supervision from a training incumbent. Induction and annual consultations are provided for those who have this responsibility. Expectations, guidelines and practical resources are set out in the Diocesan Curacy Handbook.

The requirements for IME 4-7 involve:

Attendance at two residential training weekends each year usually held at Rydal Hall;

Attendance and input in Action Reflection Groups during 2 semesters each year including associated reading and written work.

Individual training or project work agreed with the IME 4-7 Officer.

There will be at least an annual day conference for those entering their fourth year, this helps preparing for the next step in ministry.

Non-Stipendiary Ministers must attend IME 4-7 training and agree with the IME 4-7 Officer a satisfactory pattern of attendance, taking into account the circumstances of the individual’s secular employment and personal situation.

Those in their first three years do not receive an individual CMD allowance. But where the IME 4-7 Officer considers it appropriate individual courses may sometimes be funded from the IME 4-7 account.


Diocesan Conferences & Clergy Days

Every year, in the Autumn the Diocesan Bishop invites all serving clergy to a day on a current aspect of ministry. This is usually held at Rheged near Penrith. Every three years on a rolling basis the Bishop invites a sixth of the clergy to a 24hour residential at Rydal Hall.

Deanery Training Events

Some Deanery chapters organise an annual residential training event. The budget for these is the responsibility of the Deanery concerned but those attending may draw on their personal CMD allowances.

Grants and Sabbaticals

Personal CME Grants.

Part of the training Budget is allocated in the form of individual grants. After the first three years, everyone who holds the Bishop’s Licence - stipendiary or non-stipendiary - is credited with a CMD allowance (currently £110 p.a.) in each calendar year, for ministerial education or training. Application should be made to the CMD Officer whose approval should be sought before committing expenditure.

Unclaimed annual allowances may be accumulated for up to three years. If unspent at the end of three years the allowance is lost. With the agreement of the Adviser up to 25% of the grant may be used for books as part of a course or planned study programme, approval should be sought before committing expenditure.



Clergy who have served at least eight years in orders and three in their current post may be eligible for Sabbatical Leave that is a period for renewal and refreshment in ministry, normally 2-3 months. Some funding is available and planning should usually begin 2 years in advance. Further details are available from the CMD Adviser.

Ministry Review

The Diocesan Ministerial Review and Appraisal Scheme enables each minister to review his/her ministry regularly in confidence with an agreed consultant, to identify development and training needs and make practical plans to meet them. Every licensed priest (after IME phase 2) and stipendiary lay worker is expected to participate. The new scheme involves an annual consultant review then every third year an appraisal with an Archdeacon and an interview with one of the Bishops. The CMD Officer receives a copy of the training needs identified in review and appraisal and contacts the clergy within 3 months offering advice and support where appropriate.

Training Opportunities

Clergy Leadership Development is a particular diocesan priority which clergy will be invited to attend. They aim to develop the awareness and skills of a collaborative ‘servant leader’ ministry. Notices or invitations to other events will sometimes be sent to individuals or ‘target’ groups. The initiative for undertaking most training however rests with the individual, and the CMD Officer is available to discuss personal training needs or plans. There is a wide range of opportunities. A digest of some forthcoming events is published every month in the clergy mailing and the Learning Opportunities section of the Diocesan web pageis updated regularly.


Consultations and training are provided (and in some cases are a requirement) for those at various points of transition or new responsibility in ministry. Currently these include: Introduction to the Diocese, First Incumbency, Change of Responsibility, Training Incumbency, Rural Dean, and Pre-Retirement.