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The IME Phase 2 Programme for newly ordained assistant curates in their first four years after ordination is organised by the CMD Advisers on behalf of the bishops.

Each Area Adviser supports and works with training incumbents and curates in their Episcopal Area.

The IME Phase 2 Co-ordinator, Andy Griffiths, arranges an annual programme of training days and an annual residential weekend.

The bishops are clear that participation is mandatory, and must be given the highest priority.

Following the report Formation for ministry within a Learning Church (commonly known as the ‘Hind Report’) curacy is now viewed as the completion of Initial Ministerial Training, and is referred to as ‘IME Phase 2’.

Stipendiary curates who intend to move on to incumbency or incumbency-level posts are expected to demonstrate depth of spirituality and faith, maturity of character, ability to engage in collaborative working, and competence in ministry, mission and evangelism.

Self-supporting curates are expected to move on in their personal and ministerial formation in such a way as to exercise competently the particular vocation and ministry to which they are called, whether that be as a ‘minister in secular employment’ with a focus on priestly ministry in the workplace, in a chaplaincy, as an associate minister in a parish, or in some combination of these. The Church of England has defined ‘formation criteria’ to be met, and these inform the programme of IME Phase 2 in the Diocese.




The Training Incumbent

Most training and learning in the first four years takes place in the home parish and with the support and encouragement of the training incumbent. Regular meetings of incumbent and curate for supervision and reflection are a key element of the training relationship.

Clergy identified by the bishops as training incumbents are required to attend two residential training events: one on the nuts and bolts of curacy and the other on formation through supervision. For more details contact Revd Canon Andy Griffiths, tel 01245 227418.

To find out more about the qualities that bishops look for in a training incumbent please see the Handbook for Curates and Training Incumbents.

The Training Parish

The bishops seek to place curates in parishes which will recognise that the curacy is a time of continued formation and training.

The Handbook for Curates and Training Incumbents also gives guidelines for Parishes receiving a Curate. These guidelines should be considered by the PCC in advance of the arrival of a curate.

For more information please contact Andy Griffiths
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