Continuing ministerial development (CMD) and support of MSE/worker priests
Continuing professional development programmes are common these days across most employed groups, and reflect the need to maintain and develop professional competence beyond initial training. The church has followed this pattern, and every Church of England diocese has some form of provision.
A cursory (unsystematic) review via the internet suggests such provision very often seems rather narrowly focused. Common topics include leadership, conflict management, first incumbencies and pre-retirement. In the published material of some dioceses it goes little beyond this kind of range; others seem more responsive and adventurous. But the needs of MSE/WPs are not obviously provided for. Nor do programmes appear to be aimed at helping parish-based stipendiary clergy remain alert to wider social realities which impact those to whom they minister.
Anyone interested in sketching out a CMD programme shaped by the needs of priests exercising their ministry in the 'secular' world, and at any rate one which escapes some of the narrow patterns which seem to have become the norm, for all clergy? Join the conversation here.