Ordained Ministry Development

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.


Ministerial Development Review

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 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.

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)
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