Initial Ministerial Education

In the first three years of ordained ministry, clergy are involved in a programme of Initial Ministerial Education (IME). In some dioceses this is known as IME 4-7. 

The programme consists of ministry training days spread throughout the year. Curates in their deacon year generally meet separately from those in years two and three of the programme, but there are events during the year that all curates attend.


Curacy Handbook 2021

Checklist for Regular Review, 2019

IME Programme for Curates 2021-2022

Continuing Ministerial Development

Continuing Ministerial Development (formerly known as CME) helps clergy to develop their knowledge, skills and spiritual life, so that they may serve more effectively and flourish in ministry. Training focuses on developing leadership, enabling growth and sharpening skills relevant to ministry and mission. Regular retreats are also strongly encouraged. In addition, there are courses run outside of our area, which involve other dioceses and organisations. Those who have been in full-time ordained ministry for at least seven years may explore the option of Extended Study Leave.

There are a variety of training events available, some of which are offered in response to needs identified through Ministerial Development Reviews. Any questions about the items below, or any other matter relating to both ongoing training and wellbeing issues, should be directed to Jackie Johnson

Other approved courses qualify for a grant. A  grant application form is available and there is some accompanying information .

Extended Study Leave

Here are the guidelines about this. To begin the process please fill in this form


All clergy, whether stipendiary or SSM, are recommended to take time for spiritual reflection, and an annual retreat is encouraged.

You can apply for a grant towards the cost of a retreat.


A place to go:

If you’re not already familiar with the Sheldon Hub, why not take a look?  It is a safe place for people in ministry to meet, share and support each other.

For those nearing retirement

Step-by-Step Guide to Retirement for Clergy is available.