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Clergy Reviews, Sabbaticals & Funding for Study


Clergy Ministerial Development Reviews (MDR)

Each member of clergy will be visited annually in a three year cycle. One year will feature a visit from the diocesan bishop, and this will be pastoral in nature. One year a member of the senior staff will meet with the clergyperson to discuss strategy in the parish/benefice, and the clergyperson’s progression in the Church. And in the other year, a member of the Mission and Development Team will meet with the clergyperson to discuss training and development needs.


Sabbaticals may be applied for by licensed clergy (including SSMs who are active within the parish to which they are licensed), stipendiary lay readers, diocesan officers (where specified in their contract) and Church Army Officers who have completed 10 years of service since ordination, licensing, or commissioning, and who have usually served for 5 years in the current post. 

A minimum of 7 years must have elapsed since the last sabbatical leave. Normally only those who have at least 5 years of service left before retirement will be considered for sabbatical leave.

Funding is available towards the cost of sabbaticals. For more details, please contact Chrys Tremththanmor on 01604 902051 or by email on

Funding for further study 

A small sum of money has been set aside to support clergy wishing to pursue further study. The grants are for those wishing to pursue further study as part of their overall ministry. Priority will be given to curates completing a first degree in theology started during pre-ordination training. 

Please click here for the policy paper and application form. Please note that all applications must be received by 1 April, and any received after this date will not be considered.

Clergy Continuing Ministerial Development Grant

Up to £100 can be claimed, against receipt, towards the cost of a retreat or training. Please contact Nuala Salter on for the necessary form.


A number of retired clergy in the diocese are available to provide a listening ear. They would be happy to meet with any clergyperson to discuss issues and can offer advice based on many years’ experience in parish ministry. This can be a one off meeting, or an ongoing relationship. If you would like to be put in touch with a mentor in your area, please contact Chrys Tremththanmor on 01604 902051 or by email on

Conflict Conversations

A free, confidential sounding board service for any clergy who find themselves in a difficult working relationship or conflict situation in the parish.

Search Conflict Conversations on the diocesan website for more information.

Clergy Care and Counselling 

The Rev Canon Nicholas Gandy OGS has been appointed as Adviser in Clergy Care and Counselling. Nicholas is usually the first point of contact for clergy or their families needing counselling. He has access a a large number of counsellors who are suitable for a wide range of issues affecting clergy and their families. Another aspect of the role is to be available as a consultant to any clergy who might be seeking or would welcome short-term or one-off supervision in their pastoral work; perhaps relating to specific pastoral situations which may be difficult, taxing or complex. Such consultation is totally confidential (within normal limits). Nicholas may be contacted on 01604 404237 / 07444 492377 or by email on