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Min Devl Prog

The Ministerial Development Programme, Min Devl Prog, is the programme specifically designed to aid and equip ministers throughout the entirety of their ministry. The programme consists of two main elements: in-service training and sabbatical leave.

This section will give you a brief overview of each, however, updated guidelines for 2017 can be found here.

In-Service Training

In-Service training has its emphasis on enabling a Minister to be further equipped for his/her ministry within the wider mission and ministry priorities of the congregation. While recognising that this will include personal spiritual renewal, the emphasis is on enhancing the minister's knowledge and skills base.

All active ministers are entitled to one week's in-service training each calendar year - there is no maximum age limited on entitlment for active ministers. A grant of up to £300 from the Ministerial Development Fund, plus accompanying supply fee, is available for the annual week of in-service training.

For more information, we encourage you to follow the highlighted link above.

Sabbatical Leave

Sabbatical leave has its emphasis on enabling a Minister to seek personal spiritual renewal and refreshment and also to have time and space to reflect on his/her ministry within the wider mission and ministry priorities of the congregation.

A Minister is entitled to bank one week's sabbatical leave for each calender year from ordination, up to a mazimum of seven weeks, with the opportunity to use this leave as appropriate. Sabbatical leave cannot be taken in the year of, nor the year after, ordination.

For more information, we encourage you to follow the highlighted link above.

Conclusion

If there are any apsects of the Ministerial Development Programme which you do not understand, or simply to gain more information, you can contact the Dean of Ministerial Studies, Rev. Dr. David Allen at Union Theological College.