Continuing Ministerial Development
The Ministries Team urges on all ministers and their churches the importance of their continuing to learn and develop throughout ministry. This keeps the mind active and nourished as they, in turn, give to feed others spiritually. There are various ways to do this.
In Service Training
Every minister is able, according to the recommended Terms of Appointment full time
or part time
, to ask the church for a week free of church duties each year, in addition to annual leave, to devote to study, attendance at a relevant conference, going on a retreat or some other way to provide professional or personal development. We hope that churches will not only readily grant this but also, if possible, offer help with the costs incurred.
According to the Terms of Appointment, ministers should be allowed a sabbatical every seven years of between one and three months, in addition to annual leave and the normal allowance of free Sundays. (This seven years is counted from initial enrolment on the Register, i.e. as a Newly Accredited Minister.) This is to enable more intense and in depth study of one or two topics, or for an extended period of experiential learning. Churches
are encouraged to help with the costs incurred.
The Team arranges various conferences in the year to help with ministerial development, especially the Ministry Refresher Conference, to which all ministers are invited in turn every five years.
Grants towards study
Some financial help is provided for ministers wanting to study to a higher level
than previously attained.
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