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Licensed Lay Ministry Ministerial Development Review: Roles and responsibilities


All LLMs are expected to participate fully in the MDR process including an annual review of the Working Agreement with their incumbent/priest in charge. Furthermore in the spirit of the promises made at their licensing LLM’s are encouraged to use these processes and the support they offer to continue to develop and grow their ministry, to deepen their faith, to study and participate in regular CMD events.

Consultant Reviewers

MDR consultants are appointed by the Area Bishops to undertake the specific task of MDR interviews for clergy and lay ministers. They are selected for their skills at listening to others, summarising and feeding back the information they receive, helping people to set realistic goals and helping them deepen their reflection of their ministry. They are all committed Christians, clergy and lay, familiar with the role and responsibilities of ministers in parish settings.

All consultants are given initial training prior to undertaking an MDR and undertake this role in a voluntary capacity. A full list of consultants with short biographies is circulated and a consultant may meet an LLM for up to three consecutive reviews (over a period of six years). They meet annually with the Area Bishop to review the process.

MDR Administrator

Each Area will have a MDR Administrator who is responsible for the coordination and management of the lay MDR process. The administrator will liaise with LLMs and Reviewers to ensure that the review process goes smoothly ensuring that all the forms are completed and distributed in good time and that the summary forms are circulated and filed correctly.

Area Warden of LLMs

The Area Wardens will liaise with the MDR Administrator on the group of LLMs each year to have MDR and ensure that the reviews take place. They will respond to each LLM on the issues and plans outlined in the summary and provide support in the implementation and progress. With the Area Director of Training and Development, the Warden will develop a training programme to address general needs

Incumbent/Priest in Charge

In relation to the MDR the incumbent will ensure that there is a Working Agreement in place which is reviewed annually and well in advance of the MDR each third year. The incumbent will also provide a reference to provide feedback for the MDR discussion. They will support the LLM in the planning and fulfilment of their objectives, providing where appropriate the opportunities for growth and development of the ministry in the parish or wider Deanery or Diocese.

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