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Ministerial Development Review


Ministerial Development Review (MDR) Aims to 

  • ... support clergy
  • ... enable reflection on their ministry
  • ... help further develop good ministerial practice

The MDR Process ...

  • ... is an 'Accompanied Self-Review' process. The reviewer is there to help the reviewee to reflect on their ministry and discern God's affirmations and invitations to further development
  • ... is for all clergy holding the Licensed under Common Tenure and Freehold Clergy who choose to take part
  • ... takes place on a two-year cycle
  • ... is overseen by the Archdeacon of Hereford with administrative help from Cheryl Combstock, PA.

The MDR reviewers...

  • ... are a mix of lay and ordained people who have been identified as suitable and have undertaken a three-day training programme
  • ... are chosen by each reviewee themselves (from published list with information about each reviewer)

Review Schedule

A person's review is expected to be conducted within a particular term. The schedule is as follows:

Feb - May 

June - Sept 

Oct - Jan

The Ministerial Review process involves about half of our clergy undertaking a 360 degree review in each calendar year. The remaining clergy will be having an interview with a member of the Senior Staff Team and a Self-Review.  Over a two-year period all clergy will have undertaking a 360 degree review and will have had a pastoral interview with a member of the Senior Staff Team.

This new process is intended, to establish a structure for supporting ongoing ministerial development as well as to satisfy the requirements Common Tenure makes of the Diocese. Given that ordained ministry begins through God's call and is for God's kingdom, ministerial development is primarily about discerning the ongoing call of God for the minister in their journey of faith and service.