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’.
- Curacy Agreement template
- Annual Training Plan template
- Checklist of qualities template
- Template for reports
- Curacy Handbook 2022. Curates ordained in 2020 or 2021 will be assessed on the basis of the formation criteria in this handbook.
- Curacy Handbook 2023. Curates ordained in 2022 or more recently will be assessed on the basis of the framework of qualities in this handbook.
- Training Brochure for Curates and new LLMs, 2023-24.
- Mileage to MMU or benefice boundary form
- Template for record of supervision meetings with Training Incumbent
- Template for record of IME 2 and other training
- Template to record books read
- Sermon assessment form (1)
- Sermon assessment form (2)
- Sample Portfolio contents page
- Sample first page of an annual training and development plan
- Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy (2015)
- Here's a podcast about curacy you might find interesting; here's a summary of the Certificate in Ministerial Community Organising presently being done by curates in their second year.
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.
Mode of learning: Face-to-face
Date: 25th November 2023, 10 am—3 pm or 2nd December 2023, 10 am—3 pm Venue: Diocesan Offices or St Luke’s Cranham Content:
A chance to reflect on funeral ministry led by experienced practitioners. (Content on the two days will be identical – come to whichever suits you best)