What’s coming up?

Disability Conference (online)

Wednesday 13 October, 10am – 3pm

This Zoom conference will showcase people working in different areas of disability and church life and will offer support and advice as you seek to make your church more accessible to all.

Celebrating Black History Month

Four Zoom lectures in October, 6-7pm
21st October
The Absurd Necessity of Black Lives Matter: A Black Theology reappraisal
Speaker: Professor Anthony Reddie
Register here
25th October
A Home for the Paroikeis: Marginalisation, Inclusion & Racial Justice in the Church of England
Speaker: Dr Sanjee Perera
Register here

UKME Vocations Event
30 October, Christ Church, Oxford

A UKME Vocations Event at Christ Church Cathedral hosted by Polly Falconer, the Diocesan UKME Development Enabler, and the Vocations team.

If there are members of your congregation who are UKME and think God may be calling them to any sort of ministry within the Church, do encourage them to join the Zoom discussions and go along to the vocations event. This is not just about ordained ministry/Licensed Lay Ministry – it could be someone who thinks they might be called to be a churchwarden, for example. Book a place here.

Inspiring Music in Worship during Covid and beyond

Thursday 4 November 2021, 10 am–4 pm at St Mary’s Church, Ufton Nervet, Sulhamstead Abbots, RG7 4ED

RSCM Inspiring Music in Worship: A short course of guided conversations for churches could have been written for just such a time as this. In an engaging and interactive training day, Helen will provide not only an introduction to the course but also guided reflection on our experiences of worship during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a great opportunity to consider how we have adapted our worship patterns and how we will shape them as we move towards the ‘new normal’. More information and booking details here

More events

The diocese offers a range of day and half-day CMD courses each year. To find out more and book, follow this link.


The diocese encourages clergy and LLMs to take retreat of about five days a year (pro rata). To find out more about retreat centres and funding, follow this link.

Other learning opportunities

Soon after taking up a post of first responsibility, clergy will receive an invitation from their area bishop to attend a year-long Flourishing in your New Role (FNR) programme. of learning and development. The programme aims to provide a setting for learning and development alongside your peers from elsewhere in the diocese. It offers opportunities to reflect on your new context and how you will inhabit your new role. The programme is currently under review. Please contact your Parish Development Adviser for details.

Taking up a new role are offered the opportunity to attend a 48-hour residential New Posts Consultation run by the South Central Regional Training Partnership. During the consultation you will;

  • reflect in small peer groups on the key features of your new context;
  • identify the challenges and opportunities;
  • think about your plans for the future.

Please speak to your Parish Development Adviser if you would be interested in attending a New Posts Consultation.

The Regional Training Partnership also runs the Renaissance Ministry programme for those who have been in ordained ministry for some years and are beginning to think about the next steps. These consultations take place at Sarum College in Salisbury. If you are interested you should contact your archdeacon in the first instance. The cost is covered by a combination of the Bayne Benefaction and your CMD grant. Please speak to your Parish Development Adviser if you would be interested in the Renaissance consultation.

Area Deans who are new in post will be invited to join an initial training course run through the South Central Regional Training Partnership. The diocese also offers a rolling programme of learning and development for all area deans and associate area deans. Topics covered within the programme are: coaching and mentoring, conflict resolution, guidance in approaching pastoral reorganisation and in allocating the deanery share.

From the age of 62, clergy and their spouses are invited to a pre-retirement residential. As well as the practical issues of housing, pensions and health and well-being, this focuses on the shape of our continuing discipleship in retirement.

Funding your development

The diocese offers a CMD grant of £250 per year to all licensed clergy and LLMs. You can find out more about this here.

The CMD team:

Andrea Russell

Director of Formation for Ministry
01865 595244 – email andrea.russell@oxford.anglican.org

Charles Chadwick

Dorchester Archdeaconry Parish Development Adviser
01865 208246 – email charles.chadwick@oxford.anglican.org

Rhodri Bowen

Berkshire Archdeaconry and Oxford Archdeaconry Parish Development Adviser
07741 736480 – email rhodri.bowen@oxford.anglican.org

Gill Lovell

Buckingham Archdeaconry Parish Development Adviser
07391 416 089 – email gill.lovell@oxford.anglican.org

Tracey Vallance

PA to the CMD Team
01865 208277 – email tracey.vallance@oxford.anglican.org