Bluebells ordinands

New to ministry - LLMs & Curates

The IME Phase 2 Programme for newly ordained assistant curates 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, Jane Richards, 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’.




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 a residential training event. For more details contact Revd Canon Jane Richards.

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

Training Events Open to All Ministers

We routinely open most of the  training events targeted at curates and new LLMs to all ministers in the diocese - which is to say, all those ordained, licensed or authorised, and those with PTO. Some of these events are listed below.  Please do sign up for such events using the links, to give us a sense of likely numbers. If you would like more guidance on what a session will ential, contact Jane.


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