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 at the heart of a curacy, enables them to show that they have engaged with the formation criteria.

The programme has been revised for 2021 onwards but broadly has seven key elements:
  1. Practical ministry in the local parish or context.
  2. Supervision with a training incumbent/minister appointed by the area bishop.
  3. Core Topic Days. These build up over the course of a curacy to cover key areas and are studied mostly with curates from the same cohort. There are four learning tracks, allowing curates to engage at different depths, either purely formationally or at more academic depth. Standard Track curates usually cover: Reflective Practice, Preaching, Mission & Evangelism, Catechesis, Community Outreach and Leadership & Collaboration. At the end of core topic, Standard Track curates write a 1,000-word theological reflection and/or produce a practical resource. Curates may also opt to take their core study deeper and further by completing the Durham BA or PGDip (or PG Cert or MA) in Theology and Ministry. These involve producing a 6,000-7,000-word assessed portfolio for each of six related topics. Core Topic Days replace the older ‘modular courses’ and are intended to increase choice and flexibility for different ministry contexts, while also being a little more practically-focused.
  4. Engagement with a range of optional themed study days (previously known as ‘Hard skills’ days). Curates choose the days best suited to their own learning and calling. Associate-focus curates choose about eight optional study days over the whole curacy (usually two a year); incumbent-focus curates choose about twelve.
  5. Sharing in regular ministry development group meetings. These are peer groups of curates in each archdeaconry, supported by a wise local minister.
  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 2,000-word theological reflection (Standard Track), a 6,000-word Independent Learning Project (BA), or a 7,000-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 18 May or Thursday 17 June). Invites will be sent out by Charles Chadwick after Easter.

Induction to IME Phase 2 for Curates & Training Incumbents:

All curates and 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). Please book via the Eventbrite link at the top of the page.

Curates considering the BA or PGDip learning tracks should watch the relevant online videos and put in an application (using the form on Moodle) by 24 August. The BA course induction is online 10am-12.30pm on 14 September. The PGDip course induction forms part of the first online teaching day on 29 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.

NB There will be different review forms for the 2021 Deacons who are using the new 2020 Formation Qualities. Curates from previous cohorts should ensure they use the older forms reflecting the 2014 Formation Criteria.

The main MDF submission date for this year (10 May 2021) has now passed. Delayed first-year or interim MDFs should be emailed to the Head of IME 2 and the Curates Administrator as soon as possible. The next scheduled End of Curacy assessment submission dates are 15 October 2021 and 15 February 2022.

First-year reports and recommendations for priesting for 2021 deacons should be emailed by TIs to the Area Bishop and Head of IME 2 by 30 April 2022.

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)