Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL)

All licensed clergy may apply for a three-month period of EMDL after ten years in ministry (and after every subsequent tenth year). Normally, up to £1,000 grant is available for approved study leave.

Study leave is defined as three calendar months away from the parish, in addition to the annual holiday allocation. The first step is to discuss the possibility with the Director of Formation & Ministry following a Ministerial Development Review (MDR), which identified the possibility of an EMDR.  The Diocese offers study leave grants and practical help and support in preparation for, and follow up of, the EMDL. It is also possible for clergy and stipendiary lay ministers to take shorter periods of study leave. Those considering this possibility should first discuss it with their Archdeacon. The EMDL policy and guidelines are available from the Formation and Ministry Department at the Diocesan Office.

 Application for Extended Ministerial Development Leave

 Extended Ministerial Development Leave Guidelines

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