Ministerial Development Review

Our new Diocesan Ministry Development Review (MDR) scheme for clergy launches in Autumn 2024. It is supported by the Rev’d Ian Arch (Bishop’s Adviser for Ministerial Development) and Jane Gerrard (Executive Administrator, Ministry Team) who are based at Church House.

All licensed clergy are obliged to participate in the scheme (except curates in IME 2, and those on freehold who may opt out). The scheme will typically run in a three-year cycle as below. 

The MDR scheme is for the support and encouragement of our clergy in their developing vocations and in their varied contexts.

The bishops will make it a priority to see each member of the clergy once every three years, and for a trained reviewer meet with them a year before that.

Full details of the MDR scheme will be added to this page as they are confirmed, and when resources are developed, in time for them to be used by clergy beginning the process in autumn of 2024. An effective MDR will lead on to appropriate support and training, from within and beyond the Diocese, with details to follow.

SSOMs, including those in sector ministries
Some Self-Supporting Ordained Ministers will have effective annual review processes in their ministry context, and this may simply replace the meeting with the Bishop's Reviewer in Year 1 of the cycle. Those without an effective annual review, or those wishing to focus on aspects of ministerial life which are not touched on or not understood by a workplace review scheme, are welcome to make full use of the Year 1 MDR. As with all licensed clergy, the bishops are expecting to meet with SSOMs once every three years.

Clergy appointed to Freehold
Clergy appointed to a Freehold rather than under Common Tenure will be aware that they are not required to participate in the MDR scheme, though they are encouraged to do so. It is our working assumption that they will be fully included in the scheme, unless they write to the Bishop’s Adviser for Ministerial Development to indicate otherwise.

Curates in IME 2
Following completion of a curacy, MDR will replace some of the support received via IME2. MDRs will usually start in the second year of a new appointment, with other tailored support being available in the first year of your first post of responsibility.

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