Clergy Continuing Ministerial Development

All Ordained Ministers are supported in their ongoing development from First Post of Primary Responsibility through to Retirement.  Participation in CMD is a requirement for all Clergy under Common Tenure.

Regular participation in Ministerial Development Review enables Clergy to take responsibility for their own ongoing learning and development.


Clergy CMD

CofE Birmingham provides a rich ecology of learning, focused around particular roles and responsibilities.  Clergy are encouraged to be theologically reflective practitioners and life-long learners. Click here to see our Clergy Learning Structure.


West Midlands CMD

Many of the learning programmes are delivered in collaboration with regional Colleagues in other West Midlands’ Dioceses.

Click here to view the West Midlands CMD website


Clergy CMD Grants, Study Leave & Sabbaticals

CofE Birmingham’s approach to resourcing Clergy learning is set out in a range of policies to be found in the Clergy Handbook:

The Licensed Clergy Handbook


Bishop’s Study Mornings and Bishop’s Residential Conference for Clergy

Each February/March, June and November, there are Study Mornings focusing on a particular area of theology and ministry practice.  To access resources from previous Study Mornings, click here.

Every three years, the Bishop gathers Clergy and other key Leaders in a residential conference for theological learning, reflection and refreshment.  The next conference is scheduled for June 2022.


Induction Programme to CofE Birmingham

The Bishop’s Chaplain and Director of Ministry organise an annual Induction Programme for new Clergy.  The rolling programme gives an overview of Birmingham Diocese, our Transforming Church vision, introduces diocesan support structures for local churches, HR arrangements, MDR, CMD, diocesan policies & procedures on safeguarding and other useful information for new Clergy.  Details are sent to new Clergy when appointed. 


SSM Clergy

Formation specific to Self-Supporting Ministry is provided, including an annual Reflection Day, usually in November.  For further information, contact the Director of Ministry.


Learning for Retired Clergy

A study group for Retired Clergy meets regularly.  For further information, contact The Revd Canon Robert Morris.

For more information about particular programmes, please contact Harriet O’Hara, Learning & Development Officer, supporting the Ministry Team.


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