Continuing Ministerial Education
Clergy are expected to take part in life long learning and development. The Diocese of Ely contributes to this process in the following ways:
Post Ordination Training for the first three years of a curacy
Regional training events. The Ely Diocese joins with the other dioceses of the Eastern Region to provide a series of short residential courses for clergy on topics such as incumbency skills, change management, and preparation for retirement. Those eligible for a particular course will receive individual invitations.
CME funding: grants (currently up to £210 per year) given to stipendiary clergy and sometimes (on a discretionary basis) to SSMs for attending courses or retreats. For more details see the Diocesan Handbook. Clergy who have been ordained for more than ten years may be eligible for a period of extended study leave away from the parish for study, reflection and rest. Again, for more details, see the Diocesan Handbook.
Licensed Lay Ministers can also benefit from extra training. Some events for LLMs in training are offered to a wider audience and other training comes from the Readers’ Board and from outside bodies such as the College of Preachers. Invitations to these are usually sent through the Warden of Readers, the Bishop of Huntingdon.
Review of Ministry to help discern development needs of ministers.