Ministerial Development Review

MDR is an expression of the Bishop’s responsibility for the pastoral and professional care of the clergy. It plays a part in enabling clergy, Readers and licensed lay ministers to grow in their understanding of the particular ministry to which God has called them. In preparation and in discussion with a reviewer, ministers review what has been and look forward to what might lie ahead. It provides an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for where they see God at work and seek to discern God’s hand and direction where ministry appears less fruitful or the way ahead is less clear.

All clergy licensed in the diocese under Common Tenure (other than those completing Initial Ministerial Education in the first four years after ordination for whom a different system of review operates), and all Readers and licensed lay ministers, are expected to have an annual review. (Clergy and Readers with PTO are not required to have an MDR).

The Cycle

There is a four year cycle for MDRs. Ministers meet with a reviewer appointed by the Bishop in years one and three. In year two clergy meet with an archdeacon, and Readers and licensed lay ministers meet an Assistant Warden of Readers. In year four, clergy meet with a bishop, and Readers/LLMs meet with a bishop or archdeacon. After a review, a summary is agreed between the reviewee and reviewer and sent to the Bishops, and for Readers and licensed lay ministers also to the Deputy Warden of Readers. Training needs are sent to the Director of Mission and Ministry and for Readers and licensed lay ministers also to the Discipleship and Ministry Development Officer.


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