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

In-House CMD Webinar: A Spiritual Tool for your Personal and Vocational Development

Thurs. 29th October 2020:  2pm – 4pm and again on Tues. 10th November:  7pm – 9pm

This is an opportunity to hear more about the MDR process, it’s raison d'être, and how best to use it for your personal and vocational development.  This will also include guidance on creating and reviewing your Role Description.

 Led by:  Jackie Johnson:  Wellbeing and CMD Officer

Contact Marie Isaac to book a place. 

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.