Ministry Division provides research, consultancy and expertise to support dioceses and theological education institutions in fostering a culture of lifelong learning for their ministers.
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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.



Among the many benefits of doing this research is the good practice which can be learnt from. Examples of effective wellbeing strategies used by participants can be read below. Note that this is a summary of what participants found helpful, so not all of these points will work for everyone.


1. Healthy patterns
2. Life-giving relationships
3. Extra support
4. Supportive structures


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 have worked alongside Transformations for Ordained Women to better understand how women and men experience ministry differently in a range of contexts. The number of women entering training for ordained ministry has grown rapidly in recent years. Women were the majority of those entering training in 2018 and in 2017.


Formal Guidance

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 ministry

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.


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