Curates

The first three years after ordination are a critical formative phase for future ministry. This stage is now known as IME (Initial Ministerial Education) 4-7, to emphasise that initial training does not end at ordination but at the completion of the first training post.

A process of intentional continuing learning is therefore integral to a curate’s work. IME 4-7 aims to build on your previous experiences and learning – both recognised and implicit - to help you develop. 

Guidelines for new curates and training incumbents

 
The guidelines can be downloaded here. 

Formation and assessment in curacy

The following resources can be downloaded here.

Work-Training Agreement 

The Work-Training Agreement helps curates and supervising ministers to shape their working relationship and mutual expectations. It is used to plan the priorities of the curate’s ministry during training and plot key dates such as supervisions. This should be reviewed at least once each year during the curacy.

Ministry Development Journal – template for course session 

This journal template can be used to ‘harvest’ the learning potential of structured learning events such as IME sessions and other courses. Please feel free to adapt and improve to suit your own needs.

Ministry Development Journal – template for events and experience in ministry

This journal template can be used to ‘harvest’ the learning potential of events in ministry, for example a pastoral encounter or a PCC meeting. Please feel free to adapt and improve to suit your own needs.

Kelly Christy: On keeping a reflective journal

A newly-qualified teacher’s account of keeping a relfective learning journal and the impact upon her working – by drawing together her actual experiences with learnt theory, by encouraging continuing learning, and by making her praxis more intentional and purposeful.

Supervision record – template

This form is designed for the incumbent’s write-up of the regular supervision session, to be shared with the curate and added to his / her portfolio. Please feel free to adapt and improve to suit your own needs.

Formation Criteria planning grid All Curates  
Formation Criteria planning grid Future Incumbents 

The planning grids help incumbent and curate review the curate’s existing expertise and experience in terms of the House of Bishops’ Learning Outcomes, and to plan training accordingly. 


Training Events

Details of all training events for ministers can be also found here.