IME part 2 is the name given to the period of formation and training for curates. At the end of the curacy, curates are assessed against nationally agreed Formation Criteria.  Curates follow a programme of training and assessment which, building on the practical parish ministry and supervision with the training incumbent is at the heart of a curacy, enables them to show that they have engaged with the Formation Criteria.

The Programme has 7 key elements:
  1. Practical ministry in the local parish or context.
  2. Supervision with a Training Incumbent/Minister appointed by the Area Bishop.
  3. Engagement with themed study days on the Hard Skills Programme (Curates choose the days best suited to their own learning and calling. Associate-focus curates do a minimum of 8 Hard Skills days over the whole curacy; incumbent-focus curates a minimum of 12 Hard Skills days, including the Buildings & Faculties day).
  4. Sharing in regular Ministry Development Group meetings. These are peer groups of curates in each archdeaconry, supported by a wise local minister.
  5. Modular taught courses. Most curates are expected to study at least 3 modular courses (Standard Track: Adult Education and the Learning Church; Reflective Practice: Leadership; and Preaching in the Contemporary World). Each module is taught over 3 separate days in one of the autumn, spring or summer terms, with some work to do between each teaching day. At the end of each module Standard Track curates write a 2000-word theological reflection or similar assignment. Curates may also opt to take their modular study deeper and further by completing the Durham BA or PgDip in Theology and Ministry. These involve studying an additional two modules in their three years and producing a 6000-7000 word assessed portfolio for each module.
  6. A Mission and Ministry Project undertaken in the curate’s parish or local context. These are usually planned for the third year of curacy and are written up as either a 2000-word theological reflection (Standard Track), a 6000-word Independent Learning Project (BA) or a 7000-word Reflective Practice portfolio (PgDip).
  7. Evidence of each curate’s ministry is collected in a Ministry Development Folder (MDF) for final assessment at the end of curacy (and for informal assessment in the diaconal year and mid-way through curacy).
Orientation & Training Days for Training Incumbents:

All Training Incumbents expecting to receive a new curate in 2021 should attend one of the two online orientation sessions with Grant Bayliss (Thursday 22 April 10am-12noon or Tuesday 11 May 10am-12noon). Booking available via IME 2 Eventbrite button above.

New Training Incumbents (TIs) and those who have not trained a curate in the Diocese of Oxford before or not done so recently should also attend the Training Incumbent training offered by the CMD Team (Tuesday 18th May or Thursday 17th June). Invites will be sent out by Charles Chadwick after Easter.

Induction to IME Phase 2 for Curates & Training Incumbents:

All Curates & their TIs should attend one of the two online induction sessions, shortly after ordination (Thursday 15 July or Saturday 17 July).

Curates should also plan to attend the Getting Up to Speed introductory Hard Skills day on Saturday 11 September (10am-4pm and hopefully on-site in Wokingham).

Curates considering the BA or PgDip should attend the relevant online course induction in September.

Annual Reviews and End of Curacy Assessment

All current Curates and Training Incumbents should follow the guidelines in the drop-down box and download the relevant forms.

First year reports and recommendations for priesting should be emailed to the Area Bishop and Head of IME 2 by 30 April 2021.

MDFs for First Year, Interim or End of Curacy Assessments should be emailed to the Head of IME 2 and the Curates Administrator by 10 May 2021.

The following documents from the 2020 Curates Handbook lay out the process for each year of curacy assessment.
All curates are usually assessed three times during curacy – twice informally at the end of Year 1 (before priesting, if appropriate), through an Interim Assessment (typically end of Year 2) and once formally for End of Curacy ‘Sign-off’ (typically end of Year 3).

Step-by-Step Guidelines for Incumbent-Focus Curates

Step-by-Step Guidelines for Associate-Focus Curates

Brief Guidelines for Training Incumbents

Most information is covered in the Overview and Guidelines but further rationale from the Curates Handbook (2020) is also available below
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The IME 2 Team

Revd Dr Grant Bayliss (Head of IME 2 and BA Programme Director)

Revd Hannah Hobday (IME 2 Tutor)

Emma Nawrocki (Curates Course Administrator)

Revd Dr Phillip Tovey (Postgraduate Diploma Programme Director)