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 6 key elements:

  1. Practical parish ministry
  2. Supervision with a Training Incumbent/ priest appointed by the Bishop
  3. Attendance at Hard and Soft Skills themed days (8 out of 17 days over the whole curacy for associate focus curates; 12 out of 17 days over the curacy for incumbent focus curates)
  4. Attendance at Ministry Development Group meetings – peer groups of geographically based curates
  5. Most curates will be expected to attend the 5 modules of one of the taught courses, which are on Prayer; Mission and Evangelism; Leadership; Christian Worship, and Preaching.  There are 3 separate days per module over the course of the curacy. Curates may use these modules to complete the Durham BA or PgDip in Theology and Ministry. Curates who are not doing the taught modular courses for an award are expected to produce one 2,000 word theological reflection at the end of each taught course. All curates also do a Ministry Project in their parish/benefice or deanery.
  6. Submission of a Ministry Development Folder (MDF) for final assessment at the end of curacy (and for informal assessment each year).

The Director of IME Part 2 and BA course leader is the Revd Dr Beren Hartless.

( Tel: 01865 208258)

Emma Nawrocki is the Curates Course Administrator
(; Tel 01865 208261)

The Revd Dr Phillip Tovey is the Postgraduate Diploma course leader.
( Tel: 01865 208212)

The Hard and Soft Skills Programme Facilitator (temporary) is the Revd Canon Janet Russell.

The Revd Graham Sykes is the Ministry Development Group Coordinator.
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There is a team of Assessors appointed by the Bishop, trained and coordinated by the Director of IME Part 2.

The Bishop of Dorchester chairs the IME Steering Group.