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The Co-ordinator of Curate Training is the Revd Ian Bussell
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We have a very strong group of curates in the Diocese of Gloucester and with over 50 curates and over 40 training parishes, we are constantly looking at ways of developing our Curate Training Programme, (officially titled Initial Ministerial Development).

Most of the training takes place in the parish and is supervised by the training incumbent. There are also training events which bring curates together for mutual support and learning. The aim is to develop curates competence in the tasks they have to perform, but even more important to develop their formation as ministers of God.

The Curate Handbooks, one for each of the first three years of the curacy, set out the principles and overall pattern for the training programme, and should be read by all curates and training incumbents. Hard copies are available from Anja Frederiksen.

There is also an extensive range of resources from setting up the curacy through to moving on which may be helpful when the time is right. The Co-ordinator of Curate Training is the Revd Ian Bussell.

Developing your ministry
See also: Ministry team

Setting up a curacy

Welcome and Support – Parish checklist 
Discussion headers for initial meetings between potential training incumbents and ordinands
Setting up a curacy flow chart
Parish profile proforma
Registration of Interest form
Working Agreement outline
Can I have a curate

Preparing for Ordination

Preparing for ordination – some practicalities

Mainly for curates

Year 1 Handbook
Year 1 Report prior to ordination as a priest – curate’s form 2017
Year 2 Handbook
Year 3 and beyond Handbook
IMD programme 2016-2017
IMD programme 2017-2018
 Portfolios and Assignments
SSM – Parish to home boundary travel expenses form< (Word)/a>
SSM – Parish to home boundary travel expenses form (pdf)
Sermon feedback form
Worship feedback formKey Resources for Rural Ministry (from the Arthur Rank Centre)
Training in the First Three Years Checklist – practical list for ministerial tasks expected as part of a curacy
The role of an Interim Supervisor
What to do when the Incumbent leaves

Mainly for Training Incumbents

Leading Worship – giving a curate confidence and competence
Training Incumbents Handbook
How to Give Good Supervision
Learning Style and Ministry
Hind Learning Outcomes
Formation Criteria phase 2
Formation criteria – from selection to completion
An alternative checklist for learning
Year 1 Report prior to ordination as a priest – incumbent’s form 2017


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Grove Booklet P128 (2011) ‘Supervising a Curate’ by Rick Simpson available at no cost for Gloucester training incumbents and curates.  For a copy contact Anja.

CofE Curates Facebook group

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