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This page provides advice and support for members of the clergy. To find out more about types of ordained ministry, visit this page.
Terms of Service
All Clergy on Common Tenure are issued with a Statement of Particulars (SOP). The SOP details your rights and responsibilities as conferred by the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure and Regulations 2009. This Terms of Service Handbook is a reference point which sets out matters which are statutory and derive from the Measure and Regulations, and those which are matters of Diocesan policy.
Sacraments and Services
Conducting Occasional Offices sometimes requires reference to additional information. This page outlines advice on Baptism, Confirmation and Funerals, Authorised Services, and Marriage, including marriage of non-EEA nationals and marriage by common licence.
Practicalities within your parish
Whether you're establishing a working agreement with a lay minister, or considering your personal safety at work, this page provides advice on a wide range of topics. This section includes information on Mission Action Planning.
PCCs and Parish Governance
Information for PCC members is available in the Parish Governance section. This covers many practical topics which are not specifically clerical, as well as outlining roles and responsibilities of PCC members.
Training and Development
"Will you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scripture, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the Gospel?"
This question is asked of Bishops, Priests and Deacons in the Ordinal and places life-long learning, support and development at the heart of the lives and ministry of all clergy. In the Diocese of London this individual clergy responsibility is supported by a range of training and development opportunities and resources offered and organised at both diocesan and Area level. These include:
- Post Ordination Training (POT) covering the first three years of ordained ministry
- Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) which provides opportunities for different aspects or stages of ministry
- Ministerial Development Review (MDR), a process which supports clergy in a regular review of their ministry as well as providing a framework for the identification of appropriate development and support needs.
It is important that clergy should feel affirmed and encouraged in their ministry and there are a range of support processes and resources available to be used at appropriate times. All these aspects of clergy support and development are coordinated at Diocesan level by the Director of Ministry, Revd Dr Neil Evans and at Area level by the Director of Training and Development.
Practical and emotional support is available for a clergy spouse in a marriage under stress or breakdown. In strict confidentiality, help is given and information provided concerning housing, budgeting and sources of funds. For details of Bishop's Visitors, see the Diocesan Yearbook.