Continuing Ministerial Development

Within the Diocesan School for Ministry, a range of opportunities is available for those in ordained ministry, spanning post of first responsibility to retirement.

CMD training and support contacts

The six Church of England dioceses of the West Midlands support clergy in their development from their first post of primary responsibility through to retirement. For a full list of the training and support on offer please visit the CMD West Midlands website

CMD Grants

CMD Allowance

The Diocese provides an allowance of £125 per year for all licenced clergy to put towards any CMD type conference or training, retreat or spiritual nourishment. Link to CMD Grant FAQ

Download an Application Form (Word Doc)

Study Leave Grant

Those undertaking Study Leave can apply for a grant of £600 towards the costs involved. (CMD Grant can be added to this – raising the total to a maximum of £975)  -  see below for Sabbatical (Study Leave information).

Post Graduate Study Grant

Those undertaking postgraduate study (MA, or PhD or equivalent) can apply for grants of £500 per annum for up to 3 years towards the costs involved.

Generally, it would be expected that such a study has been discussed and supported in the most recent MDR. Application to the relevant Archdeacon.

Why Sabbatical / Study Leave?

This is because refreshment and renewal should be part of the normal cycle of ministry, building on the rhythm of quiet days and annual retreats. Theological learning is a life-long process and the world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Clergy used to work at a pace that allowed time for reflection and study as part of normal ministry. Increased demands have made it difficult to do this, and many readily admit to a lack of time for personal and spiritual nurture.

Study Leave comes in two forms:

  • Full Study Leave: Full Study Leave ('FSL') of three months' duration
  • Shorter Study Leave Shorter Study Leave ('SSL') of four weeks' duration.

Study Leave is often raised at the time of Ministerial Review. Or, it can come from discussions within a Clergy Chapter meeting. Alternatively, it is quite in order for any priest within the Diocese to make a direct application through the Archdeacons.

To take the idea further, the most important next step is to speak to the relevant Archdeacon.

If you would like to download any of the standard documents about Study Leave, then please right-click on one of the links below, and select 'Save Target As...' You will then be able to save each document to your computer.

Funding Study Leave

The Diocese makes a grant of £600 for authorised Study Leave. Further funds can be sought from grant-making bodies. Below are some that make grants for clergy study leave/sabbaticals. (click on the links below to their web information on grants)