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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 (IMD) 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. To access the relevant IMD year programme please click here

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 Julie Mansfield.

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
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Preparing for Ordination

Mainly for curates

Year 1 handbook 2022-23

Year 2 handbook 2022-23

Year 3 handbook 2022-23

IMD Programme 2022-23 UPDATED+

IMD Y1 Booking Form

IMD Y2 Booking Form

IMD Y3 Booking Form


Portfolios and Assignments
SSM – Parish to home boundary travel expenses form (Word)
SSM – Parish to home boundary travel expenses form (PDF)
Sermon feedback form
Worship feedback form
Key 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 the Interim Supervisor
What to do when the Incumbent leaves

Mainly for Training Incumbents

Leading Worship – giving a curate confidence and competence
How to Give Good Supervision
Learning Styles and Ministry
Combined Qualities – phase 2
Combined Qualities – from selection to completion

IMD TI Y1-3 Booking Form

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See also:

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

CofE Curates Facebook group