Vocation is a lifelong journey, not one which ends when we find a job we fancy.
Our robust qualitative and quantitative studies investigate key aspects of ministry in the Church of England, enabling evidence based policy decisions for flourishing ministry.
Our Living Ministry research project
What enables ministers to flourish? How do people develop throughout their ministry? And what does it mean to live out our vocations? These are some of the questions being asked by our ten year Living Ministry research project.
If you you've been involved in this project yourself, take a look at our information for participants.
2017: Mapping the Wellbeing of Church of England Clergy and Ordinands (Quantitative Study)
2018: Cohort Update (Quantitative Study)
2018: Negotiating Wellbeing: Experiences of Ordinands and Clergy in the Church of England (Qualitative Study)
Clergy Experiences of Ministry project
How do we best support and sustain ministry? The recently concluded Clergy Experiences of Ministry project looks at the work of over 5,000 clergy to understand how we can best shape continuing ministerial education and development.
Initial ministerial education
How is ministerial education understood from different perspectives? How is it experienced by ordinands, educators, placement supervisors and diocesan directors of ordinands in Phase One, and curates, training incumbents, diocesan officers and churchwardens in Phase Two?
We are blessed to have a wealth of highly qualified people within the Church conducting their own research into ministry-related issues. Below are some of the reports we know of in the area of Initial Ministerial Education Phase 2, and we will add more as they emerge.
None of these studies was conducted by or on behalf of Ministry Division, so we can take no credit and bear no responsibility for their content.
Gender and Ministry
To ensure that all gifts and ministries can flourish, we are researching how women and men experience ministry differently in a range of contexts.
Continuing ministerial development
We seek to foster a culture of lifelong learning within each diocese, which takes seriously the flourishing of the whole person.
Guidance on continuing ministerial development, including regular review, is available to download below.
Appointment and training of training incumbents
Training incumbents are vital to a successful curacy, so it is important they are selected carefully, and that they receive the right training and support.
You can find good practice on this in the guidance below.
Interim ministers are strategic appointments to help a parish move through a process of re-thinking who they are, what they are about, and how they are going to go forward.
If you're looking for funding for a sabbatical, the following trusts may be of interest:
Panel members contact details
The national advisory panel champions ministry development throughout the Church of England.
Please feel free to contact the panel members below.
Revd Lesley Bentley Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Lichfield
Revd Dr Stuart Burns Director of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of Leicester
Lynn Comer Central Readers’ Council
Revd Canon Dr Mandy Ford Director of Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark
Revd Canon Dr Roger Matthews Dean of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of Chelmsford
Revd Rick Simpson Formational Tutor for IME2 in the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
Revd Andrew Tawn Director of Lay and Clergy Development in the Diocese of Leeds