Ministerial development

The Diocese of Salisbury is committed to creating and sustaining an environment in which all ministers, lay and ordained, can flourish in their service of God and the building of the Kingdom. 

The primary purpose of Continual Ministerial Development (CMD) is to support the ongoing formation of these leaders so that they may be inspired and equipped to confidently live out the good news of Jesus Christ. In doing so we are seeking to embed our diocesan priorities for growth: discipleship and evangelism, collaborative leadership and transforming communities all of which form part of our vision of renewing hope.  

Our diocesan CMD expectations

It is important to note that those holding office under Common Tenure (including those with freehold), are required to participate in CMD, as set out under Regulation 19 of the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations 2009. National guidelines recommend that full time ministers take personal responsibility for setting aside at least five days each year for CMD.
Our package of CMD support and learning

The diocese is currently partnering with Sarum College in developing its learning offer. The CMD provision includes:
1. Regular teaching / training events on vocation, wellbeing and practical aspects of ministry.
2. An annual CMD Grant for licensed clergy (currently £286 for 2023) 
3. Reflective Practice Groups
4. Spiritual Accompaniment
5. Opportunities for Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL)
As members of the South Central Regional Training Partnership we offer courses including
• Post of First Responsibility
• Training Incumbency
• Rural /Area Deans Consultation
• Preparing for Retirement Consultation
Ministry Development Review (MDR)

The Ministry Development Review is designed to provide an opportunity for clergy to reflect on their ministry every 18 months. This alternates between a peer review (conducted by a reviewer selected from the diocesan list) and a senior staff review (conducted by a Bishop or Archdeacon, or by arrangement by the Dean).

Through MDR, clergy are given the opportunity to:
• Reflect before God on their vocation and ministry
• Stand back and look at their ministry, and identify what most needs development and attention
• Receive both encouragement and challenge
• Become more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses
• Set some objectives for their personal and ministerial development
• Identify and arrange resources to help with (5) above
Clergy Retreats

All licensed clergy are expected to take an annual retreat. The form and pattern of retreats will vary but during a year, full-time clergy should set aside the best part of a week for this activity. This should not be considered as leave. Where appropriate associated costs should be claimed as part of parish expenses.
Spiritual accompaniment/direction

There will be a process of establishing a relationship with a spiritual director, who supports individuals with discerning how God is at work in the whole of life. Contact the Director of Mission, Ministry and Communications for details how spiritual accompaniment can be arranged.
Useful downloads and contacts

CMD Grant
EMDL Application FormEMDL Guidelines (For eligibility enquiries contact Sue Chandler (IME Resource Officer) on 07554 425971) 
MDR Review Manual
Sarum College

Contact the Ministry Team

Jennie Bollands

Parish Services Administrator Lead for Learning

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