The Diocesan Ministerial Development Review Scheme (MDR) is designed for all licensed clergy to encourage, support and challenge in the exercise of both personal discipleship and ministry under God.
An MDR Scheme is integral to the care and support of clergy in the diocese. It is a tool to encourage reflection on practice as well as future improvement and development. The scheme is intended to be gift-enabling, gift releasing and challenging in the best sense.
From January 2016, a new system of MDR was introduced for all licensed clergy in our diocese - that is all stipendiary and self-supporting clergy beyond the initial training stage (IME).
MDR will be annual for all clergy but have different emphases across a three year cycle.
- An MDR meeting with your Area Bishop
with a focus on mission and your own personal well-being and that of your family (where appropriate)
- An MDR meeting with your Archdeacon
with a focus on leadership, organisation and administration,
and on any changes which might need to be reflected in your role description;
with a focus on church growth and ministry in schools.
- A peer-facilitated MDR process
with a focus on your own development objectives.
The MDR Scheme is administered in Episcopal Areas through Area Bishops and Archdeacons. In any one year a third of clergy will have an MDR meeting with their Area Bishop; a third with their Archdeacon and a third with a Peer Reviewer.
One of the CMD Officers will follow up with any training or development needs identified and help resource them.
The MDR Guidance Booklet with full details and accompanying paperwork can be downloaded below: