What’s new?

Mental Health Aware workshop

June and July

We are all very aware that the past year has taken its toll on the mental health of many. Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and to offer appropriate support is now a key need for many clergy. We are therefore offering a free half-day Mental Health Aware course, to help equip clergy to do just this. Click here for more information and to book a place

Intercultural preaching webinar and workshop

Sat 5 June, 10.30–13.00 (Zoom)

A webinar about preaching in intercultural contexts from The College of Preachers followed by an afternoon workshop focusing on how to create and deliver an intercultural sermon. Pre-book here (password Preach506).

Introduction to the Enneagram

Tues 8 June 10.30am-3pm (Zoom)

The Enneagram helps us to understand why we do what we do. Canon Alan Hodgetts will help us explore the prisons of our own making and how the Lord sets us free to work together with God’s cooperative grace. Book 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 5 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 208213 – 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


Lizzie Wood

PA to the CMD Team
01865 208277 – email liz.wood@oxford.anglican.org